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With his widely acclaimed debut, 28-year-old William Kowalski emerged as one of the most exciting and distinctive new American writers in years. In his hew book, Kowalski once again proves himself an extraordinarily gifted writer as he follows his hero Billy Mann on his search for the mother who deserted him as a baby. Now 20 years old, Billy travels atop his beloved motorcycle to the last known address he has for her ot a side street named Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a journey that will teach him many things about family, friends, love - and death. Filled with wondrous imagery and lyricism, Somewhere South of Here has a lightness of touch that belies how very much it has to say about life's greatest themes of all.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552999366
ISBN-10: 0552999369
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » This is Kowalski's much-anticipated second novel, the sequel to Eddie's Bastard, which won the 2001 Exclusive Books Ama-Boeka Prize in South Africa. Billy Mann, the protagonist, is now grown up and we find him powering his way through the US on a motorcycle in search of the mother he does not remember. All he knows is that she dumped him on his eccentric grandfather's doorstep after his father's death in Vietnam. Billy being as he is, we realize nothing about this search is going to be straightforward and sure enough it isn't. His mother's last known address was a house on a side street in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Billy's arrival there turns out to be far from journey's end. It is the start of a peppery and frenetic series of encounters as colourful as anything seen in the circus where one of his new acquaintances grew up. Billy discovers before long that relationships are intertwining in a way that throws up problems he never dreamed of, and he is faced with a tough choice between the woman he has grown to love and the woman who gave him birth. The story is populated by an engaging set of characters, some of them quirky and all so vividly defined that you feel you've known them for years. Kowalski's writing style is similar - chatty, direct and at times humorous, like an enthusiastic pal telling you of his escapades. An excellent sequel from a natural storyteller. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - William Kowalski

William Kowalski is the author of EDDIE'S BASTARD, winner of South Africa's Exclusive Books Ama-Boeke Prize; SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF HERE, THE ADVENTURES OF FLASH JACKSON and THE GOOD NEIGBOUR, all published by Black Swan. Born in Ohio and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, he now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife and two daughters.

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