Eddie's Bastard: A Novel

Paperback | September 19, 2000

byWilliam Kowalski

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"Eddie's Bastard" is William Amos Mann IV, known as Billy -- the son of a heroic pilot killed in Vietnam and an unknown woman. The last in a line of proud, individualistic Irish-American men, Billy is discovered in a basket at the door of the dilapidated mansion where his bitter, hard-drinking grandfather, Thomas Mann, has exiled himself. Astonished and moved by the arrival of his unexpected progeny, Thomas sets out to raise the boy himself -- on a diet of love, fried baloney, and the fascinating lore of their shared heritage. Listening to his sets out to capture the stories on paper. He is a Mann, Grandpa reminds him daily, and thus destined for greatness.

Through the tales of his ancestors, his own experiences, and the unforgettable characters who enhance and enliven his adolescence, Billy learns of bravery and cowardice, of life and death, of the heart's capacity for love and for unremitting hatred, eventually grasping the meaning of family and history and their power to shape destiny. Steeped in imagery and threaded with lyricism, Eddie's Bastard is a novel of discovery, of a young man's emergence into the world, and the endless possibilities it offers.

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Delivered, or, rather, abandoned in a basket on his grandfather's porch with a tag reading "Eddie's Bastard" affixed to his blanket, Billy Man was a circumstantially bizarre from the outset. Illegitimate child of a dead soldier, Billy was a delight to his grandpa, who was proud to see the family lineage carry on. But things around the ...

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"Eddie's Bastard" is William Amos Mann IV, known as Billy -- the son of a heroic pilot killed in Vietnam and an unknown woman. The last in a line of proud, individualistic Irish-American men, Billy is discovered in a basket at the door of the dilapidated mansion where his bitter, hard-drinking grandfather, Thomas Mann, has exiled himse...

"Eddie's Bastard" is William Amos Mann IV, known as Billy -- the son of a heroic pilot killed in Vietnam and an unknown woman. The last in a line of proud, individualistic Irish-American men, Billy is discovered in a basket at the door of the dilapidated mansion where his bitter, hard-drinking grandfather, Thomas Mann, has exiled himse...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:September 19, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061098256

ISBN - 13:9780061098253

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eddie's Bastard Have the wisdom to choose this absolutely delightful tale of the Mann family, and enjoy the characters of Billy and his grandfather as they fumble though life starting out, starting anew, and trudging onwards. So you think you have troubles? Read on....There is a sequel in hardcover I can hardly wait to see in trade paperback - and then I shall most certainly be one of the first to purchase the continuing saga. First rate diction, wonderful encompassing tale and a dream story to read, I was indeed very taken by this novel.
Date published: 2001-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eddie's Bastard Fantastic book, couldn't put it down. A feel good book. Don't let the title throw you off. You just can't wait to read what's going to happen and then you don't want it to end.
Date published: 2001-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting This book needs to be recognised for its quality. I received the book as a gift and ended up reading it until morning. Eddie's Bastard is a generational saga that is uplifting. You root for all the characters, because no single one is simply evil or good. Kowalski's writing vibrates with life -- I hope he writes a sequel.
Date published: 2000-12-31

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From Our Editors

Delivered, or, rather, abandoned in a basket on his grandfather's porch with a tag reading "Eddie's Bastard" affixed to his blanket, Billy Man was a circumstantially bizarre from the outset. Illegitimate child of a dead soldier, Billy was a delight to his grandpa, who was proud to see the family lineage carry on. But things around the home are rather quirky, to say the least. Ghosts and transcendental timing haunt day-to-day life in a manner that is just inches short of surreal. William Kowalski has a mesmerizing style not unlike John Irving. Eddie's Bastard consistently sparks off explosions with its in-and-about-the-moment stylings.

Editorial Reviews

"A grand debut.Eddie's Bastard is a beguiling blend of narrative con brio, human-heartedness, and zany surprises." (Gail Godwin, New York Times bestselling author of Evensong)

Employee Review

This novel, Kowalski's first, is an excellent multi-generational tale. Billy Mann, the last of the Mann's, seems destined to become a writer and share with the world his family's stories. The story (and the stories) unravel as Billy grows up, and the reader cannot help but become wrapped up in the tales, and the mysteries surrounding the Mann family. If you enjoy John Irving-type tales, this one is definitely for you.