Getting Huge

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Pub Date 01 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2023
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John Young writes with the humor of David Sedaris and the insight and humanity of John Updike.—Aileen Grever

This often-comic novel is not ‘Christian’ or ‘religious,’ although the narrator is a 7-foot-tall minister … who becomes obsessed with growing the world’s largest pumpkin. 

John Crackstone is cracking under the pressure of working with the wrong people in the wrong place. And he’s aching for success.

What begins as backyard lark swells into a hilarious and absurd idea to build a pumpkin empire by making everything from snacks to toilet paper. It becomes his chance to flip the tables on his affluent and perpetually disappointed deacons.

Getting Huge resonates deeply with readers, showing how the pursuit of other people’s goals and ideas of success can cloud judgment. 

Follow John Crackstone's humorous—and touching—pursuit of success and sense of belonging, which culminates on an unforgettable Christmas evening.

John Young writes with the humor of David Sedaris and the insight and humanity of John Updike.—Aileen Grever

This often-comic novel is not ‘Christian’ or ‘religious,’ although the narrator is a...


A Note From the Publisher

Of interest to: all readers of literary fiction, as well as entrepreneurs, farmers, gardening aficionados.

Of interest to: all readers of literary fiction, as well as entrepreneurs, farmers, gardening aficionados.


Advance Praise

"In Getting Huge, John Young explores both existential and moral issues in a way that’s humorous, entertaining, and ultimately moving. Bottom line, it’s a terrific yarn well told."

- Angelo Pizzo, Screenwriter of the films Rudy and Hoosiers


"Young deftly shows how, in the wrong soil, all of us can grow into monstrous versions of ourselves. His eye for detail, humor, and good will keep the pages turning fast."

- Kelly Blewett, LA Review of Books and Cincinnati Magazine


"A provocative and hilarious novel about the meandering that is essential to finding our way in the world—and to finding ourselves."

- Don Tassone, author of the novel Francesca


"An impressive creation with a singular voice that blends the serious and playful. With Getting Huge, Young reveals himself to be a true romantic. It’s a terrific read."

- Paul Kroner, artist and avid reader


Past Praise:

“It’s a rare coming-of-age novel that strikes an elegiac tone—the trembling anticipation of youth, a decidedly modern hero’s journey, in combination with a grief-struck plunge into conscience—but John Young pulls it off. This novel, like its main character, makes its way from early promise to settled accomplishment, from a staggering opening to a quiet self acceptance that seems wholly earned—and leaves the reader grateful.”

- James Carroll, National Book Award Winner and author of The Cloister


“Original, eloquent, erudite, entertaining, memorably thoughtful and thought-provoking, Fire in the Field and Other Stories showcases author John Young’s impressive mastery of the short story format.

- Midwest Book Review


“I said, ‘Let me read a few minutes of these stories before I start dinner.’ At midnight, I was still crying, laughing, and fond of Young’s ability to take me with him.”

- Connie Shakalis, The Bloomington Herald-Times


“Young writes with an exceptional clarity and deep sympathy for his characters. There is a vein of humanity running through every page of the book… There were many moments where my jaw dropped because of an excellent twist, or I laughed out of nowhere at a witty remark. 

-Erin McCracken, My Life Within the Pages

"In Getting Huge, John Young explores both existential and moral issues in a way that’s humorous, entertaining, and ultimately moving. Bottom line, it’s a terrific yarn well told."

- Angelo Pizzo...


Marketing Plan

Author tour: Bloomington IN, Chicago IL, Cincinnati, OH. 

Wide mailings and pitches to media and reviewers across the US (with a focus on OH, IL, IN).



Author tour: Bloomington IN, Chicago IL, Cincinnati, OH. 

Wide mailings and pitches to media and reviewers across the US (with a focus on OH, IL, IN).




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ISBN 9781771837798
PRICE $17.95 (USD)
PAGES 308

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"Getting Huge" is a delightful read about finding and losing one's way. Minister John Crackstone longs for more, and believes his escape lies in building a pumpkin empire. Insight comes from a fellow minister and mentor through which he may find redemption or at least, his humanity. I wish everyone would read this. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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