The Coin

The Coin by Barry S. Kaplan

“The characters are complicated— licentious yet decent, vindictive but loyal, duplicitous yet honest… daring and moving. You won’t want to put it down!” — Robin Rosen Chang, author of The Curator’s Notes

The Coin

The Coin is the constant Symbol of Love and Revenge

A compelling story about what it means and takes to survive in a world that is rancorous and hostile to one’s very existence. Beginning in eleventh century Germany with the Jews of Mainz facing certain massacre by marauding Crusaders, it catapults ahead to the mid-19th century and the life of a traditional Jewish family living in Lithuania.

The man who becomes known as Jack Perle embarks on an obsessive journey across generations, borders, and seas. Propelled by lust, deception, and his uncontrollable desire to exact revenge, The Coin is the constant symbol that drives him forward on his bitter quest.

A compelling story about what it means and takes to survive in a world that is rancorous and hostile to one’s very existence. Beginning in eleventh century Germany with the Jews of Mainz facing certain massacre by marauding Crusaders, it catapults ahead to the mid-19th century and the life of a traditional Jewish family living in Lithuania.

The man who becomes known as Jack Perle embarks on an obsessive journey across generations, borders, and seas. Propelled by lust, deception, and his uncontrollable desire to exact revenge, The Coin is the constant symbol that drives him forward on his bitter quest.

Barry S. Kaplan

Dr. Barry Kaplan has led many lives within his lifetime. He has served as both a U.S. Army Captain and an American Peace Corp volunteer. He has helmed mental health facilities for youth and bereavement groups for senior citizens. After rising through traditional ranks to serve as President of his regional Psychiatric Society, he worked as a consultant at the innovative Upledger Institute, renowned for its pioneering techniques in whole-body healing. Along the way, he and his wife raised and successfully launched four kids.

Barry was born in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa.; a once thriving community of Jewish immigrants which features as a location in The Coin. Like the story’s protagonist, Barry’s father traveled from eastern Europe to America as a child on his own. Although the character similarities end there, such courageous voyagers are a hallmark of many American families. Barry has crafted The Coin in memory of all those family heroes, flaw and foible-filled, to whom we owe absolutely everything.