Chester Aaron returns us to the mining town and characters of his novel About Us. Born in 1923 in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town, Aaron served in World War II and later taught at Saint Mary’s College, retiring in 1997. Author of novels, stories, and memoirs, he is also known worldwide as an expert on garlic, growing more than fifty varieties on his farm in Sonoma County.
Chester Aaron's novel-in-stories, About Us, published nearly 35 years ago, holds a unique and lasting place in the artistic annals of American boyhood. Through the account of young Benny Kahn we come to inhabit the Pennsylvania mining town of Sundown in the years leading up to World War II. Now, in About Them, an octogenarian Benny revisits what remains of that largely vanished world—to show what time and memory have done to the characters and the place, to fill in suppressed pieces of the past, and to irradiate the whole with a sense not only of what was and is, but what should be.—Donald Fanger, emeritus professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University
Publication Date: July 2011
176 pages / Fiction/Novel