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William Kowalski Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Eddie's Bastard (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somewhere South of Here (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Flash Jackson (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Neighbor (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hundred Hearts (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crypt City (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

William Kowalski is an American-Canadian screenwriter and novelist. He is the writer of the 2003 short, “Coyote Beach”.

Kowalski was born on November 3, 1970, and debuted in print in 1999. This is when his debut novel was released. He would come out with another fiction work just two years later with the 2001 publication of his second novel, which continues the story of Billy Mann. He has said that he wanted to write from a young age.

Kowalski has written several other full length novels since then. He has also authored and had published several short stories in the typical novella form. If you love reading and you want to check out some interesting work from this writer, then start chronologically with “Eddie’s Bastard” or look into any of his novels or shorter novellas.

Eddie’s Bastard is the debut novel from author William Kowalski, Readers get to meet the main character in this story for the first time. He goes by the name Billy, but his full name is William Amos Mann the fourth.

Billy’s father was a pilot, and his dad was tragically a hero that met his untimely demise in Vietnam. His mother was a woman that was unknown to him. Billy may not know it, but he is the most recent installment of a line of Irish-American men that have been accomplished, individualistic, and proud.

While this may be his lineage, the reality for Billy is totally different. He does not get the chance to be raised by his parents, and he will never meet his father. He’s found in a basket that was left at a mansion’s front door. The mansion happens to belong to his grandfather, a bitter individual named Thomas Mann.

The mansion is where he has put himself to exile. Thomas drinks quite a bit and it was possible that he never thought that this would happen. His grandfather is shocked and also moved by the little bundle that has arrived on his doorstep. While the entry of his progeny into his life was not something that he expected, it is something that he embraces fully.

Thomas does what he can to try and raise his grandson on his own. He does his best, giving him love, a steady diet of fried baloney among other things, and shares with him the lore of the heritage that they both share. His grandson really loves these stories and wants to put them down on paper. His Grandpa reminds him every day that he is not just a man but a “Mann” and therefore greatness is in his destiny.

As Billy listens to tales about his ancestors and starts to go through life, he is learning more about himself and his history. With various characters that enhance his time going through adolescence, Billy finds out all about cowardice, bravery, life, death, and that the heart has the capacity to feel and show great love but also has the capacity for hatred that goes on and never ends.

While this young character goes on a journey, he will also learn about what family, history, and shaping destiny truly means. Full of imagery and imagination, this is the story of Billy’s coming of age and finding out who he is in the world while also finding out what options the world may have to offer him. Pick up your own copy and go along for the ride!

The saga continues with Somewhere South of Here, which garnered a lot of praise when it was released. The character of Billy Mann is featured once more in this story as the author continues to write Billy’s story.

When it comes to parental connection, Billy doesn’t know what that’s like on a parent to child level. He has been wondering about the details of their mother all of his life. He’s wondered what she would look like, what she might sound like or act like. He has no way of knowing for sure and maybe never will.

Even though he may never know, lately the wondering has been playing on Billy’s mind. It’s even expanded, growing so that it encompasses a rampant curiosity regarding the type of people and family that his mother descended from. After all, they are Billy’s family too. Even if he does not know them personally or any details about them, they are still out there.

Billy thinks about what their personalities may have been like. Are they dull or funny, loud or more on the soft-spoken end of things? He considers whether they may like vanilla over chocolate or preferred films to books. He tries to think about whether they’ve accomplished great things over the course of their lives and whether they were folks that liked to live the simple life and get by.

He considers these details to be fairly important. If he could just know for sure, then Billy reasons that he would also be a step ahead when it comes to knowing himself. Without having many roads to follow, he decides that the only thing to do is to go and look for his mother out in the world.

It’s taking a big chance, but Billy is willing to risk it all to track down his mother. So it is that Mann takes all of the material things that he has in the world and packs them up, taking off on his trusty old motorcycle. Follow along as he goes on an odyssey across the country that spans from New York City all the way to the city of Santa Fe and more in between.

All in the name of finding his long-lost family member, Billy Mann is on a personal mission and won’t rest until he’s completed it. What he may end up discovering is that life has many possibilities available to you. He’s hoping desperately to find her but also has to contend with the fact that it might not happen.

Billy started out trying to accomplish one thing, but may just find that life has friendship, family, and love waiting in store for him no matter what. Check out this unique and dynamic story and experience the journey!

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