The year is 1908. 16-year-old Aniela leaves her tiny village in Poland, fearful of what the future holds but determined to make it in Ameryka. With her mother and sisters, she settles in the Buffalo neighborhood of Black Rock and begins the endless process of trying to figure out what it means to be American.
107 years later, Aniela’s great-grandson, Iggy, is trying desperately to save Angela’s, the restaurant Aniela founded and which nourished four generations of his family. Just as he’s about to give up for good, one last gift from his ancestors offers him hope.
By turns hilarious and heart-breaking, THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO is the fourteenth book by the author of the beloved international best-seller EDDIE’S BASTARD and the Raddall Award-winning THE HUNDRED HEARTS.
What People Are Saying
“William Kowalski’s latest novel blends historical fiction with the present-day story of one Iggy Podbielski, who is down on his luck in his marriage and his proprietorship of a failing family restaurant. Fortunately for us, Iggy’s reaction to his plight is not complacent, but defiant and achingly human. Told with humor and great heart, THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO is a love letter to the author’s ancestors, hand-made pierogies, and the immigrant history that we all share.“
–Wendy Lee, author of HAPPY FAMILY and THE ART OF CONFIDENCE
“A moving and captivating portrait of one immigrant’s struggle to make life better for herself and her family, THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO is a relevant book for our time, an important reminder that we all descended from refugees who risked their lives to escape tyranny, and to ensure the freedom of future generations. A wonderful, heart-warming read!”
—Ellen Wiseman, best-selling author of THE PLUM TREE, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, COAL RIVER, and THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN
“A sensitive, intelligent and deeply moving testament to the courage of immigrants, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. Highly recommended.”
—Richard Zimler, best-selling author of THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON and The WARSAW ANAGRAMS
Edited by Peggy Hageman.
Cover design by Sari Naworynski.
Copyediting by Marianne Ward.
Publication made possible by a bunch of swell people on Kickstarter.