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General Information

Name:  Gary Buslik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Gary still lives in a Chicago suburb.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gary Buslik is an American novelist, short story writer, travel writer, and essayist. He earned his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gary Buslik's work has been nominated several times for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

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Titles At Your Library

The Missionary's Position
ISBN: 0966551303

Sunny Books. 1999

A hilarious novel set in the Caribbean. Plot twists, quirky characters, and plenty of action take the reader on a ride as fun and fast-paced as an island minibus.

A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean [ROTTEN PERSON TRAVELS CARIBBEA]

Travelers' Tales Guides. 2008

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites, and Motherhood
ISBN: 1609520696

Travelers' Tales/Solas House. 2012

Iranian president Akhmed teams up with the leaders of Venezuela and Cuba and their American intelligence agents to smuggle radioactive matzo balls into Miami Beach. But intelligence being as slippery a concept to these nincompoops as chicken fat on linoleum, when each member of the gang decides to ladle out his own personal nuke soup, holy terror Akhmed is left steaming. Will his plan to destroy America float like a fly or sink like a lead dumpling?

Star-crossed lovers, conniving academics, and blustery social climbers collide with ravenous termites, international do-badders, and multi-level marketing in a plot as fast-paced and hilarious as a runaway mountain bus. Radioactivity has never been so much fun.


  • Benjamin Franklin Book of the Year Award, ''A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean ''

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