By William Kowalski
With his first novel, Eddie's Bastard, William Kowalski delivered to the literary scene an attractive and unique voice in fiction. With appealingly offbeat characters, a story steeped with imagery and threaded with lyricism, and a narrative choked with unforeseen surprises, Eddie's Bastard earned such compliment as "a grand debut" (Gail Godwin), "exuberant" (the New York Times) and "appealing" (People magazine), and marked the emergence of a tremendous author. Kowalski now fulfills that promise in Somewhere South of Here, the story of a tender man's look for the mum he is by no means met.
As Billy Mann grew up, his merely hyperlink to the daddy who died in Vietnam and the mum who abandoned him was once his hard-drinking grandfather, Thomas Mann, who raised him on a nutrition of fried bologna sandwiches and mythic stories of the Mann relations ancestry. With Grandpa long gone, Billy has misplaced his in basic terms identified blood relation and sole hyperlink to his background. The lone clue he possesses to his mother's whereabouts is her last-known tackle, someplace in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Propelled by means of wish and heartache, Billy units off on a cross-country odyssey from his domestic in upstate New York.
Arriving in Santa Fe, wearing each ownership he owns at the again of his motorbike, Billy has taken step one of an intoxicating trip of the center as he courageously completes his ceremony of passage into manhood. choked with vividly drawn characters, each one of them with secrets and techniques and mystery longings in their own,
Billy's global is all of sudden wealthy with probability -- the opportunity for romance, friendship, and, ultimately a relations to name his own.
Somewhere South of Here is a lyrical exploration of the tales that make up our lives, the redemptive energy of affection, and the religion that compels us to move on.