Literary Nonfiction. The house was small, built on the GI Bill. In its knotty-pine kitchen, beneath the gaze of countless wooden eyes darkened by cigarette smoke, "My dad told war stories." Scores of war stories, for endless hours, for years, in unusual detail. Tom's dad was a 1919 flu-epidemic orphan. Survived the Great Depression. Survived combat in World War 2. Survived a lifetime in a factory. Survived a son who turned on him, as the Vietnam War drifted into "nuts." Survived a wife who rose to the management of a daily newspaper, then killed herself. This is one insider's perspective.
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.Author City: USA