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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0061098256
ISBN-13: 9780061098253
Sku: 30612283
Publish Date: 10/1/2000
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  384
Age Range:  NA
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When he finds the illegitimate infant son of his own late son Eddie on his doorstep, Grandpa Mann tries to instill a pride in the rich heritage of a once-powerful family in that familys last surviving member. A first novel. Readers Guide available. Reprint. *Author: Kowalski, William *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2000/10/01 *Number of Pages: 367 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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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."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.When he finds the illegitimate infant son of his own late son Eddie on his doorstep, Grandpa Mann tries to instill a pride in the rich heritage of a once-powerful family in that family's last surviving member. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.

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A foundling child left at the home of a wealthy patriarch grows up and discovers family secrets.

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"Though coming-of-age-in-a-dysfunctional-family novels are a dime a dozen, this first novel by 28-year-old Kowalski never descends into maudlin self-pity, and the plot, though complex, never becomes overly convoluted....[H]is characters remain real as they attempt to solve their problems." - Emily Burns September/October 1999

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0384
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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