Ahab's Return

Or, the Last Voyage

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Jeffrey Ford: Ahab's Return (2019, HarperCollins Publishers)

272 pages

English language

Published Sept. 26, 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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5 stars

I am a great fan of Jeffrey Ford's work, and a great fan of this novel. As a native New Yorker, I am fascinated by well-researched fiction that investigates the city's past, and as a speculative fiction reader, I love well-written fantasies. This is both. It incorporates fictional characters (as can be surmised by the title) into an imagining of NYC in the 1850s, keeps a wonderfully exciting pace, and is very unpredictable. I'm very glad I read it (finally; it's been on my shelf for a while), and am happy to recommend it.


  • Fiction, mystery & detective, historical
  • Ahab, captain (fictitious character), fiction