Death is a familiar presence in literature. Communication is how we cope with grief.

A FINE YOUNG MAN was written after loss. Started in December 1987 and finished in November 1988. Of course there have been countless revisions since then, but the core stayed the same.

Early Saturday morning, Roy Brown is sitting in the kitchen alone. Yesterday his brother was killed on Pine Landing Road. Billy was Hartsville Junior High School’s star basketball player. Roy was going to grow up to be like him, all of the fourth grade boys were, but guessed he couldn’t now. Heroes like big brothers weren’t supposed to be dead.

Waiting for the sunrise, Roy relives that day in Alabama 1965.


A FINE YOUNG MAN is available in Kindle edition and paperback.


About John Northcutt Young

I write. Remember making-up stories from spelling words in the fifth grade. A journalism degree followed. Thanks for looking.
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