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Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp: A Novella (Book) - 9/2/2008 3:16:18 PM
Kathleen Clauson’s writing first got my attention on AuthorsDen with one of her short stories “Night Owl”. I read her excerpt from “Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp: A Novella” and was intrigued. Then, I recently purchased the novella and read it. The story is full of detail and rich with description of superstitions and traditions - especially around Christmas - in the lives of immigrants and their children, who settled in the great melting pot of the Chicago area. It takes place in modern times, and yet the Old World influences them as they pursue their American dreams. In a short time, I got to care about the characters and got to know them. I experienced their life, their culture, their short-comings, their triumphs, and a unique slice of Americana. I regretted when the story ended, for I wanted to know more, especially some of the mystery about Eva Galuska. A parallel is Earl Hamner’s “The Homecoming”, another tale spun about Christmas. This novella became “The Waltons.” Who knows? There is a basis for a script in “Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp.”

Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp: A Novella (Book) - 8/17/2008 2:04:50 PM
This Sounds delightful!

Cat Walk (Short Story) - 6/8/2009 3:48:26 PM
A cool cat story! God Bless! JMD

The Waiting (Short Story) - 6/8/2009 8:05:40 AM
Wow, it looks like Layla has struck again. She has destroyed three marriages that I know of: George Harrison’s, Eric Clapton’s and now Ellie’s. What a home wrecker!

Blue Ray (Short Story) - 3/13/2009 1:28:39 AM
Nicely written!

Blue Ray (Short Story) - 9/20/2008 1:41:34 PM
interesting read

China Horses (Short Story) - 9/5/2008 2:21:58 AM
well said

China Horses (Short Story) - 9/4/2008 9:10:21 AM
It's always sad when a man beats up on a woman (or vice versa); the victim should not HAVE to put up with it!! I would leave in a heartbeat if I were in that situation! Happens way too much in today's world! Powerful story, well done!

China Horses (Short Story) - 9/4/2008 7:33:07 AM
I hope Isabel leaves--taking the money out and taking down her favorite horse on the plate are not a guarantee that she will. For sure, this guy has been abusive before and she hasn’t left yet. The story sets up nice showing what his history is--this isn't the first time "my name is Bob" has been abusive and hurt her like this. She needs to go--now! What a wimp Bob’s so called friend is. It is obvious that the Chase is uncomfortable with Bob’s behavior and that tells us that Chase is not the same kind of guy that Bob is.. Chase should say something once Isabel is out of the garage and she should hear it from the other side of the door while she is feeling sorry for herself.. It would say a lot about Chase if he was anything but a wimpy piece of ‘s _ _ _’ and spoke up about Bob’s crappy character and behavior. Bob needs to dry out and go to one of those farms that gets you off booze. My dad was an alcoholic. When he wasn’t drinking, he was a great guy. Maybe Bob is okay when he isn’t an the sauce. Otherwise, why is she still there. Maybe she’s afraid she won’t find anyone else. Maybe Bob pays the bills and she is trapped as a house wife.

Night Owl (Short Story) - 8/25/2008 4:38:19 PM
I admire you for writing such an descriptive, intriguing short story, that takes me to another place, time, culture. It was artfully done, saying much with few words. Susan

Cat Walk (Short Story) - 8/16/2008 5:16:26 AM
I can't say I liked this story...but it was very descriptive and a believable version of this type of situation. I must admit that you drew me in with the additions of the cats...lol I wish sometimes that we all could just eliminate the games we play on each other... probably will never happen! Good job of highlighting this type of man...

The Story of Eva Galuska (Article) - 9/20/2008 6:57:12 AM
Kathleen Clauson’s writing first got my attention on AuthorsDen with one of her short stories “Night Owl”. I read her excerpt from “Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp: A Novella” and was intrigued. Then, I recently purchased the novella and read it. The story is full of detail and rich with description of superstitions and traditions - especially around Christmas - in the lives of immigrants and their children, who settled in the great melting pot of the Chicago area. It takes place in modern times, and yet the Old World influences them as they pursue their American dreams. In a short time, I got to care about the characters and got to know them. I experienced their life, their culture, their short-comings, their triumphs, and a unique slice of Americana. I regretted when the story ended, for I wanted to know more, especially some of the mystery about Eva Galuska. A parallel is Earl Hamner’s “The Homecoming”, another tale spun about Christmas. This novella became “The Waltons.” Who knows? There is a basis for a script in “Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp.”

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