The Wild Card Café by Richard Orlowski

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The story of The Wild Card Caf¿ was set in Western Pennsylvania's Appalachian Mountains in the 1930 to 1955 era. A Polish family immigrated to the United States and bought a speak-easy during the Prohibition period. Having to deal with crime families to buy their supplies involved them into that type of life. The Kanowski's had their son John in 1936 who grew up in a life of bootleggers, gambling and prostitutes. At an early age an older woman molested John and she became his friend. She taught the young boy how to grow marijuana and he mistakenly over planted a very large field. The field got them involved with a crime family. Later the boy resisted the control the crime families had over him and he fought back. During that period the boy tried to live a normal teenage life. John vowed to get himself out of illegal business by the time he turned eighteen. The crime families wanted control over the fields. The control of the fields resulted in two Mafia type wars.

About Richard Orlowski

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Richard Orlowski was born in Western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh in 1943.  He lived there until 1967.  His grandparents immigrated to the United States in 1915.  His grandparents bought a neighborhood bar in 1919.  Which they turned it into a speak-easy in 1920 when Prohibition began.  His grandparents and parents who later ran the bar did know members of crime families from the business they were in.  From a few facts the author developed a fictional tale of what it was like in the Pittsburgh area from 1930 to 1955.   In writing the autobiography of my family, which was the Orlowski and Rinaldi immigrants who came to this country in 1915.  From that writing I learned my Italian grandparents led interesting lives.  When I completed the autobiography I realized the actual story would be boring to most people, other than family members.  It was then, that I decided to make it a fictional novel.   With their lives, as it was, there were enough facts to develop an interesting novel.  The bar my grandparents converted into a speak-easy is in the family today.   The task of writing a novel was much larger than I ever imagined.  It was not long into the process I realized help was needed.  Having hand written it, my wife Susan was the first to lend a hand.  Later hiring a typist Tris Moore and a ghostwriter Paula Rowland, it started going together.
Published August 16, 2005 by Authorhouse. 204 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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