The Capture of Trieste
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.
Born in Massachusetts in 1947. He has worked as newspaperman, copy writer, graphic artist. He is the editor of Diana's Bimonthly and author of Hecatombs of Lake and recipient of a NEA fellowship in fiction.
"Because the language cuts so quickly there is a dream quality among the words"
– Alan Davies, Northeast Rising Sun
"Ahern's use of langue is masterful"
– Peter Cherches, Aspect
"In his world we are at ease, we feel adventurous, we feel challenged to emerge beyond our ordinary selves."
– Welch D. Everman, North American Review
"Madcap, evocative, wry, and always filled with a teasing love of language"
– George Myers, Jr., Sunday Patriot Review