Hi, I'm Ed Borowsky, author of The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America and two other novels.
Although I am presently a proud resident of Winter Park, Florida, I'm a native son of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a child of the '60s and '70s, when families weren't as spread out as they are today. I feel fortunate to have been part of a large and loving extended family that lived nearby.
My father, at one point in his life, was the Philco-Ford television sales representative, which meant we had the nicest television on the block. I clearly remember the days and nights when family and friends would come over to our house to watch shows like the Beatles on Ed Sullivan or Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in The Honeymooners.
Being the youngest in the pecking order, I was the one who always had to jump up to adjust the rabbit ears and fine tune the picture on those black-and-white television nights. I remember I used to kvetch about it because it seemed I was the only one getting up. Oh, the injustice of it all! I attribute my early interaction with those colorful Jewish family members and friends to have instilled in me a profound love of character.
At the time, however, I didn't appreciate it. Yet growing up in a small-town retail family furniture business helped shape my perspective on life and instilled in me a strong sense of American values. I've spent most of my lifetime in the home furnishings and furniture liquidations industry, but my passion for writing started when I wrote copy for my Boston-based advertising agency. I have supervised hundreds of high-impact advertising promotions and liquidation sales for retailers and wholesalers all over North America.
About My Books
The first novel I wrote, It's a Good Day to Liquidate (not yet published), is set in the furniture liquidation industry. My second novel, Lizard of Transition (also not yet published) was born during a morning I spent with my father in hospice, a week prior to his passing. He awoke from unconsciousness and said to me, "I just had a vivid dream." My dad went on to tell me about a bizarre dream in which he was reliving his past experiences in New Guinea during the Second World War, seventy years ago. I was struck that this was on his conscience prior to his death at ninety-one years old.
The premise for my third novel, The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America (available on Amazon) came to me when I was returning home from Chicago and a Mongolian American taxi driver picked me up to take me to the airport. He asked me where I was going and I told him, "Home to Orlando." He said, "I'm going there next month." I said, "To Disney?" He replied, "No, bowling tournament." The taxi driver told me about the important role bowling has played in forming and sustaining communities of new Mongolian Americans at a time when many of them have been struggling to find their place in a new land. This novel is a wonderful comedy that brings American Jews, Italians, and Mongolians together in a tournament that shakes up the world.
Writing aside, I'm most proud of my greatest achievement: being married for thirty years to my beautiful wife, Michele, and being the father of my three grown sons who are always telling me that I still kvetch a little too much.
Today I write because writing helps me to gain a better rabbit ear focus on the human condition. And if I move those ears a little more to the left or to the right, it helps me bring into focus what it all means.
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