Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties
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Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties

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A man with a tortured psyche keeps a pink teddy bear on his food tray as he watches the Olympics on television. A waitress in New Jersey puts a curse on a sailor; his behavior becomes increasingly irrational. Two shipmates learn firsthand about segregation in 1950s Savannah. A timid adol...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Comfort Publishing LLC
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Rick F.
"The narratives in this collection paint a picture of the 1950s. Many of the elements of this culture will repel: racism, sexism and homophobia, for example. Yet this was an era in which neither the threat of terrorism nor the scourge of AIDS existed for the average American. These stories deal with love and death, triumphs and defeats, adolescent angst and the tension between ethnicity and assimilation. Some present adventure on the high seas as well as a glimpse of Havana night life on the eve...more
Story collections are always interesting to read, they are not always done well but when they are, it creates a great effect. This is one of those that work really well.
The 50s are represented here in more ways than one, although Mr. Zlotchew seems to focus a lot on the controversial aspects of that time period. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider this a fault, on the contrary, I think he manages to convey the grittiness without overdoing it and without boring the reader.
The collection begins...more
Jill Elizabeth
Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties is a collection of stories by Clark Zlotchew that take the reader on a journey back into the 1950s. I met Clark on GoodReads; after trading a few messages about book reviews I had posted and quotations we both liked, he invited me to review his book. My review copy was generously provided by Clark, free of charge.

Once Upon a Decade opens with a Foreward setting the stage for the stories to come. Zlotchew takes the time to remind (or inform) readers of the...more
Once Upon A Decade: Tales of the Fifties offers a diverse collection of short stories. They broach such subjects as segregation, young love, homophobia, navy life, adventure and teen mischief. As with any collection of short stories, there were some I truly enjoyed and others I did not.
Zlotchew is a wonderful writer and delivers an engaging short story. He masterfully controls his stories and quickly draws the reader in. Many of the tales had some of the same characters in them, helping to add...more
An enjoyable collection of short stories! The author´s writing style is easy and comfortable, like you are sitting down and chatting with an old friend. While the tales may all be set in the 50s, many of the themes of sexism, racism, and homophobia unfortunately are still present in today´s world. I enjoyed how some of the characters appeared in more than one of the stories. I particularly liked ẗwo of the stories near the end of the collection - ¨Fear of Failure¨ and ¨Going for the Gold¨.

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Delin Colón
Good short stories have an emotional impact that conveys the essence of a psyche, time, place, and people. Author Clark Zlotchew accomplishes this in spades. Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties is a collection of short stories, linked by the mindset, politics, events and social constraints of that era. Many of the stories share the same characters, at varying ages during the decade, imbuing the reader with a sense of familiarity.
The fifties were a time of racial segregation, the Korean War...more
Clark Zlotchew
Apr 18, 2012 Clark Zlotchew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)

Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties: FINALIST in the NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS, short-story category, 2011.
Clark Zlotchew’s Short Story Collection "Once Upon A Decade: Tales of the Fifties" Finalist in Next Generation Indie Awards

May 24, 2011 -- “Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties,” a collection of Clark Zlotchew’s short stories has been selected as one of three finalists in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the short story category.


Maryann Tortorici
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair review. I loved it. the book is a compilation of short stories. The characters in each are complex and flawed. Zlotchew dives into the psyche of the characters and the consciousness of the time and place of each story. The dark side of human nature makes for compelling stories and Zlotchew is a master storyteller.
Clark Zlotchew
Oct 31, 2011 Clark Zlotchew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Clark M. Zlotchew

He has had 17 books published:

Zlotchew and his wife Marilyn live in rural Chautauqua County, N.Y. State.

He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve at age 17 as Apprentice Seaman, and received an Honorable Discharge as Chief Petty Officer at age 36. His experiences at sea and in ports of call have strongly influenced his fiction.

Zlotchew has traveled widely on five continents, speaks Spanis...more
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“When they reached their ship, Ed gazed out at the bay. It was black. The sky was black, but the bay was even blacker. It was a slick, oily blackness that glowed and reflected the moonlight like a black jewel. Ed saw the tiny specks of light around the edges of the bay where he knew ships must be docked, and at different points within the bay where vessels would be anchored. The lights were pale and sickly yellow when compared with the bright blue-white sparkle of the stars overhead, but the stars glinted hard as diamonds, cold as ice. Pg. 26.” 17 likes
“Currents of cigarette fumes wafted through what passed for air. Attractive young women in bright-hued gowns glided through the streams of smoke, like tropical fish in an aquarium. Detecting the white uniforms and leathery faces, they promptly approached the Navy men. Very pretty, Ed thought, but hungry, a school of piranha. Just what the doctor ordered: fun and games with no complications. Right: no complications." pg. 27.” 2 likes
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