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The Good Neighbor: A Novel Paperback – December 13, 2005

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Praise for THE GOOD NEIGHBOR: “Kowalski’s vigorous storytelling will keep the pages turning.” — Publishers Weekly

“Atmospheric, emotional and beautifully eloquent, Kowalski weaves an engrossing story.” — The Daily Record

“[Kowalski] meticulously brings the strands of his narrative together, building toward a credible moving conclusion.” — Booklist

“The story is enchanting as the house. The plot is powerful…it surges forwards with tremendous pace and vigour.” — The Observer

“[Kowalski] has the knack of making you care for his characters.” — The Guardian

“Kowalski has a gift for storytelling.” — The Tampa Tribune-Times

“Kowalski is a gifted storyteller who deserves a following.” — San Antonio Express News

“Kowalski is a talented stylist.” — New York Times Book Review

“This is a mature novel by an unassuming writer. Kowalski is the real deal.” — Buffalo News

“A coming-of-gender story.” — Library Journal

“A book with characters that sing with life, dialogue that is lovely and real and images that resonate.” — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“An appealing and original story.” — Kirkus Reviews

“SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF HERE is one of the sweetest–tempered books around.” — East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ

“Somewhere South of Here has a large heart and disarming voice.” — Baltimore Sun

“It is hard to resist the feel–good mood that Kowalski creates.” — Booklist

“Sheer enchantment.” — The Providence Sunday Journal

“Kowalski’s characters could be escapees from a Kerouac novel. [The] novel has all the bravado of a barstool reminiscence…entertaining.” — New York Times Book Review

“Kowalski is adept at keeping the story tight and moving at a comfortable pace.” — Rocky Mountain News

“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

“A mesmerizing debut...skillfully crafted and highly imaginative.” — Tulsa World

“A notable literary debut...Here’s one satisfying novel by a writer of great promise.” — America Magazine

“Entertaining.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The 28 year-old author gives his first novel an appealing Dickensian flavor.” — People

Exhuberant...Kowalski is a talented stylist. — New York Times Book Review

“Vividly impressionistic prose.” — London Times

About the Author

William Kowalski is the author of Eddie's Bastard, Somewhere South of Here, and The Adventures of Flash Jackson. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1970 and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He lives in Nova Scotia with his wife and daughter.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (December 13, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 406 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0060936258
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060936259
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.37 x 5 x 1.05 inches
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William Kowalski is the best-selling, award-winning author of seven novels and seven Rapid Reads (shorter works for beginning adult readers of English). His first novel, EDDIE'S BASTARD, won the 1999 Rosenstein Award, the 2001 Ama-Boeke Prize, and occupied the #5 spot on the Times of London bestseller list. His fifth novel, THE HUNDRED HEARTS, won the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. He has been nominated three times for the Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.

He is also the founder of My Writing Network (, an organization dedicated to providing free websites and community support to emerging authors of all types and backgrounds.

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