Fiction. Among Library Journal's best titles of 1979 and 1984, these stories show Ahern as an extraordinarily witty storyteller and a brilliant stylist. But beyond the satire, the wry humor and the rich patterns and sounds of his sentences, there is an immensely entertaining fiction that engages both the mind and the heart. He is an American heir to that great line of Russian fabulists from Gogol to Chekov.
Tom Ahern's literary career peaked abruptly in 1984 when the New York Times said a few nice things about his first full book of short stories. He graduated from Brown University with a MA in Creative Writing, and for more than three decades now, he's paid his bills as a successful commercial copywriter. Then he began writing "how-to- improve" books that became industry standards: his 7th fundraising book will appear in 2019. In 2016, the New York Times mentioned Ahern again: "Tom Ahern...is one of the country's most sought-after creators of fund- raising messages." Ahern's most recent book of literary nonfiction is MY FATHER'S WAR STORIES, AS TOLD BY TOYS: A CHILD'S HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II (Pelekinesis, 2019). This is his first non-how-to-improve book in quite some time.
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