Getting Huge (Paperback)
John Young writes with the humor of David Sedaris and the insight and humanity of John Updike.—Aileen Grever
This often-comic novel is for all who have worked with the wrong people in the wrong place, and ached to escape—to start something new and find a sense of belonging.
What begins as backyard diversion swells into a hilarious and absurd obsession: to grow the world’s largest pumpkin and, with the help of an entrepreneur friend, build a pumpkin empire to make everything from snacks to toilet paper. All to win him fame and fortune (and perhaps the affection of an alluring neighbor). Reverend John Crackstone sees his pumpkins, especially the giant named Schwartz, as his shot at greatness. And it becomes his chance to flip the tables on his affluent and perpetually disappointed deacons.
While often comic, Getting Huge resonates with the Great Resignation and quiet quitting, as it shows how the pursuit of other people’s goals and ideas of success can cloud judgment. Until we are jolted into clarity and head for the hills.
Follow John Crackstone's humorous eight-month adventure from Easter morning to Christmas Eve in a stumbling pursuit of success and sense of belonging.
About the Author
John Young wrote the novel When the Coin is in the Air and Fire in the Field and Other Stories. He graduated from Indiana University and Emerson College (MFA), taught English, and worked as a copywriter and creative director. After 20 years in Massachusetts, he now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.