Award-Winning Author Pens Collection of Short Stories

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Author Chester Aaron’s colorful life sheds a unique perspective that opens the heart of readers. With the eloquence of maturity, Aaron writes with an enduring passion for life and the beauty of love throughout the human condition.

Acclaimed author Chester Aaron’s new book “Symptoms of Terminal Passion” (ISBN 0976298376) is an unforgettable collection that takes readers on a bittersweet journey of hard work on the land from Tuscany to California, and into the relationships of mature couples, who are thoughtful, soulful and attuned to the natural world. Aaron writes passionately about war, marriage, farming, teaching, poverty and love, in his new offering that intimately celebrates the wisdom of a life well lived.

Drawing on experiences throughout his 83 years of life, Aaron’s stories are close to his heart and contain the vivid tales of survival through various struggles of the human experience. Aaron writes with honesty about love and the abstract nature of love which seems to be dominant in his mind as he moves through the years. There is a depth to Aaron that only comes from a lifetime of searching for joy and meaning in this too-often-cruel, not-too-often-beautiful world. The stories in “Symptoms of Terminal Passion” reflect profound understanding as they tenderly awaken the heart of readers and breathe life into the experience of the characters.

Aaron lived much of his childhood not in ‘the shadows,’ but the ‘darkness’ of poverty and racial hatred in rugged coal-mine country. At the same time, he received an abundance of joy and love from his parents that leaves him now wondering how that could have happened. Balancing the struggle to find joy in sadness became the fuel that ignited the passion that ties Aaron’s life together. His connection to the characters in the stories originates from his long history that reads more like a novel and gives credence to authenticity of his characters’ experience.

Aaron now writes from the deck of his four-acre California farm. An internationally known garlic farmer, this author was disregarded by the literary establishment due to his status as an aging man, and walked away from the abrasive marketplace to find a few small publishers that believed in his work. Aaron has now published 18 books, won several awards for his accomplishments, and has been published in several magazines. His latest unforgettable collection of short stories “Symptoms of Terminal Passion” is a compelling reflection on life, love, and the beauty of the human experience.

Chester Aaron was born in 1923 in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town, saw combat in World War II, and was with the troops that liberated Dachau. Following publication of his first novel in 1967, he became an x-ray technician and a union organizer and then joined the faculty of St. Mary's College, retiring as a full professor in 1997. He has been a prolific author of novels, stories, and memoirs over the last 25 years, and is known worldwide for the 90 varieties of exotic garlic he grows on his farm in Sonoma County, California, “Symptoms of Terminal Passion” (ISBN 0976298376) can be purchased at online bookstores. For more information, visit


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