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Author: Jeffrey Ford Narrator: Charles Constant Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9780062849090
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A bold and intriguing fabulist novel that reimagines two of the most legendary characters in American literature—Captain Ahab and Ishmael of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick—from the critically acclaimed Edgar and World Fantasy award-winning author of The Girl in the Glass and The Shadow Year.

At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland to confront the true author of the novel Moby-Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. For Ahab was not pulled into the ocean’s depths by a harpoon line, and the greatly exaggerated rumors of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm—after hearing about Ahab’s demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York, and now Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them.

Ahab’s pursuit leads him to The Gorgon’s Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed Ishmael as a copy editor while he wrote the harrowing story of the ill-fated Pequod. In the penny press’s office, Ahab meets George Harrow, who makes a deal with the captain: the newspaperman will help Ahab navigate the city in exchange for the exclusive story of his salvation from the mouth of the great white whale. But their investigation—like Ahab’s own story—will take unexpected, dangerous, and ultimately tragic turns.

Told with wisdom, suspense, a modicum of dry humor and horror, and a vigorous stretching of the truth, Ahab’s Return charts an inventive and intriguing voyage involving one of the most memorable characters in classic literature, and pays homage to one of the greatest novels ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this unusual and gripping novel from Edgar-winner Ford, the monomaniacal captain’s quest is to reunite with his family…Fans of successful reimaginings of literary classics such as Louis Bayard’s Mr. Timothy, about a grown-up Tiny Tim, will be entertained.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A talent to be reckoned with.”

    Pitsburgh Tribune-Review, praise for the author

  • “Ford has a rare gift for evoking mood with just a few well-chosen words and for creating living, breathing characters with only a few lines of dialogue.”

    Booklist, praise for the author

  • “It’s proof of Jeffrey Ford’s narrative power that, ultimately, the distinction [between real and invented] doesn’t much matter. His made-up world trumps ours.”

    Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, praise for the author

  • “Think Ray Bradbury’s Green Town stories, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Stephen King’s The Body and you get an idea of the tone of Ford’s latest fine work. Grade: A”

    Denver Rocky Mountain News on The Shadow Year

  • “Properly creepy but, from time to time, deliciously funny and heartbreakingly poignant too…Not to be missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Shadow Year

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About the Author

Jeffrey Ford is the author of three previous story collections and eight previous novels, including the Edgar Award–winning Girl in the Glass and the Shirley Jackson Award–winning Shadow Year. A former professor of writing and early American literature, Ford now writes full time in Ohio, where he lives with his wife.

About the Narrator

Charles Constant is an actor whose professional storytelling career began at the age of thirteen, when he became an Actors’ Equity Association apprentice. An accomplished audiobook narrator, he has recorded many popular titles, including How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban.