The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America
WINNER of the 2019 International Book Awards
Harold Kushner and his roommate of thirty years, Murray Schwartz, are average senior citizens facing down their mortality in a trailer park in Land O' Lakes, Florida. On a weekend getaway to Disney, they treat themselves to a stay at an economy hotel on International Drive. Harold and Murray go bowling at an alley nearby, where they meet two Mongolian bowlers in the next lane. By happenstance, they're invited to join the Mongolians as teammates, with Tomorbaatar, Kulan and his beautiful sister Odetsegseg, in what is dubbed the first-ever Great Mongolian Bowling League Tournament of the United States of America.
The rivalry becomes a high stakes roll-off when the owners of the bowling alley, two loveable mobsters, set the fix on the game. Murray and his new younger Mongolian friend, Kulan, agree to throw the game but don't tell their teammates. Unfortunately, Harold and Tomorbaatar are on fire and Harold is on his way to bowling a perfect three-game series, placing them in the lead. Winning is not an option as their well-being depends on losing the competition.
Bowling three three-hundred-score games in a row is extremely rare and is defined as "perfection" in the bowling world. The game is televised as the world watches Harold in hot pursuit of perfection. The publicity his performance draws shines a light on the myriad problems the people of Mongolia are facing in their quest to transition from a broken-down, old Soviet satellite state to a modern democracy when they declared their independence from Russia in 1990.
The uncanny action unfolds in this beautiful comedic tale illuminating that although we come from worlds far apart, we share a common humanity. Can Harold roll perfection and live to tell the tale? The outcome will impact millions… and strike you right in the heart.