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The story of an immigrant who does more than just survive--she thrives.  By the best-selling author of EDDIE'S BASTARD.
The story of an immigrant who does more than just survive--she thrives. By the best-selling author of EDDIE'S BASTARD.
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William Kowalski is the best-selling author of EDDIE'S BASTARD (1999, HarperCollins), THE HUNDRED HEARTS (2013, Thomas Allen) and many other books.  He has won the 2001 Ama-Boeke Award (South Africa), the Thomas H. Raddall Award (Canada), and the Arthur Rosenstein Best First Novel Award (U.S.)  His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

Publishing has changed a great deal, and new models are being invented.  Because of this, Wiliam is pre-selling copies in order to independently publish and promote his fourteenth novel, THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO.  The book itself is already complete.  Funds raised through this project will cover the costs of professional editing, cover design, and marketing.

THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO is the story of a young woman named Aniela, who immigrates in 1908 from rural Poland to the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.  It's about her oppression under Prussian occupiers, her struggle to become established in a foreign city, and the challenges she faces in feeding her two young children after the sudden death of her husband in a society that accords women few rights.  

THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO is inspired by the true story of William Kowalski's great-grandmother.

This is an opportunity for you to help produce an enduring literary work, and also to support an independent writer and other publishing professionals.  It's also a great way for you to get a copy or copies of the book, which you can give to friends and family to commemorate the immigrant experience, or can enjoy yourself--or both!

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The first draft of this manuscript is already mostly complete. This is the largest piece of the project. Barring personal misfortune or acts of God, there are no serious obstacles to its completion, although such arrogant statements are a clear-cut invitation to the powers that be to toy with he who utters them.

This project does not rely on any new technology or innovative methods. There are no extraordinary risks involved in its completion. It does not require anyone's approval, which is one of the major attractions to self-publishing. It simply requires the investment of sufficient funds in order to be done properly.

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