La Tutayegua

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A young boy growing up in Kansas City's West Side in the 1980s meets the mysterious creature known as La Tutayegua.

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About Lauren Scharhag

Lauren Scharhag is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry. She is the author of Under Julia, The Ice Dragon, The Winter Prince, and West Side Girl & Other Poems, and the co-author of The Order of the Four Sons series. Her work has appeared in over 60 magazines and anthologies both in the US and abroad. She lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

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Review by: Patrick Roberts on Oct. 14, 2014 :
La Tutayegua is a story about a young latin boy, who’s tale shares many qualities of Pan’s Labyrinth. The story is told through the boy’s perspective, which gives it an almost child like quality, but this child has already seen too much in life. He shows us the harsh realities of being born into poverty, and the magic and fantasy that one cultivates with such a life. Ultimately the story gives one hope, but the sadness it creates, is beautiful and overwhelming at times, and will linger with you well past the end of the story itself.
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Review by: Elizabeth Audrey Mills on Sep. 1, 2013 :
For me, a story works best when it has a voice - when, as I read, I feel someone near me, hear them talking in my head. In La Tutayegua, that voice is a nine-year-old Mexican boy called Daniel Morales.

Daniel took my hand and led me into his world. I met his cousin and best friend, Elena, and his grandma Nimfa. I saw the city through his eyes, the narrow streets and the market. He talks in a matter-of-fact way, as children do, about hardships and family unity, about his adventures with Elena, about the day they saw La Tutayegua, and about the brutality of his father.

This little book is a delight to read, it carried me along to the stunning end. I long to read more by this gifted author.
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Review by: John Mc Caffrey on July 31, 2013 :
Exceptionally written, eloquent and well paced. Believable characterizations and brilliant narrative.
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Review by: Coyote Kishpaugh on July 12, 2013 :
La Tutayegua is one of those rare finds: a story that truly haunts the reader well after the book is closed. Many tales of urban terror make the attempt to somehow wed modern day stress and chilling folklore. Some succeed, some do not. In the wedding between modern horror and realistic fantasy, however, Lauren holds the shotgun. Calling upon her own childhood experiences, she paints a world that draws the reader in so thoroughly that after reading it, the real world itself can seem subtly different. She remembers the difficulties of childhood and the horror that is offered when adult lives spin out of control, blending the supernatural elements of the story into the characters' day-to-day lives seamlessly and perfectly. I will say nothing further about the tale or its plot: every jewel should be discovered in the setting the author intended to preserve its full value. Whether you want to read a most excellent chilling tale or simply tire of sleep, I recommend La Tutayegua highly.
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