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'''Mitchell Waldman''', born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, is a fiction writer who works generally in the realist tradition (with occasional voyages into the world of magic realism) and enjoys using dialogue to bring his characters to life. He is the author of the new short story collection, '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' (Wind Publications, August 15, 2011), which was a finalist in the 2015 Bookbzz.com Prizewriters Competition, was selected as a "Reviewer's Choice" book by Midwest Book Review, as a "New and Notable" book by Newpages.com, and includes the Pushcart Prize nominated story, "The Duke of Broad Street," and the 13th Story First Prize winning "Glass Slippers."  
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'''Mitchell Waldman''', born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, is a fiction writer who works generally in the realist tradition (with occasional voyages into the world of magic realism) and enjoys using dialogue to bring his characters to life. He is the author of the new short story collection, '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' (Wind Publications, August 15, 2011), which was a finalist in the 2015 Bookbzz.com Prizewriters Competition, was selected as a "Reviewer's Choice" book by Midwest Book Review, as a "New and Notable" book by Newpages.com, and includes the Pushcart Prize nominated story, "The Duke of Broad Street."  
'''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' has been said to be "a beautiful collection of stories about ordinary people living ordinary lives until various circumstances come along and change everything." (Online Book Club). One critic has said that the stories in the book "startle a reader with sudden, uncompromising insight. They seem ordinary people engaged in ordinary lives until betrayals, accidents, and misfortune put the puzzles of their weak choices and unfair chance into stark relief when they are left with a kind of clarity they might have been happier not to have. Yet these stories are not moralistic judgments. Readers will come away from this book better for having spent time with Waldman’s well wrought characters, all sprung from the heart of an exacting writer gifted with compassion." (Perry Glasser, author of Dangerous Places). Furthermore, in Petty Offenses Waldman has been said to accomplish what William Faulkner called the author's job: "to make the extraordinary seem ordinary and to make the ordinary seem extraordinary." (Hardy Jones, author of Every Bitter Thing, at Cybersoleil). And, it has been said that in the book, "Waldman gives the reader a full buffet of crimes and offenses; from large to small, physical to mental and subtle to spectacular....There's something to chew on and sink your teeth into."  (Timothy Gager, author of Treating A Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions). In addition, another reviewer has said of the collection that subtle paradoxes and paradigmatic shifts undermine the reader's sense of stable themes....Waldman's writing stays tight, even concise, and by not calling attention to itself all the more reveals everyday life as taking place on a far grander scale than we imagine." (Paul A. Toth, author of Airplane Novel). Midwest Book Review said that in the book "Mitchell Waldman . . . talks on many topics throughout recent history and the struggles to understand an impossible to understand world, and that [w]ith poignancy and wisdom peppered throughout, 'Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart' is a read that is well worth considering, highly recommended." Book Pleasures described '''Petty Offenses''' as including "beautifully crafted stories...which can be described as bitter sweet. Each protagonist has a scar of some kind; an emotional wound which dictates their actions and the stories revolve around characters seeking to resolve these issues . . . . Some reach a level of greater wisdom and closure . . . . In other stories the characters do not enjoy the mixed blessings of 'closure', and some border on the macabre . . . . The lesson it seems from these stories is that you can use your life's experiences even when circumstances are beyond your control such as war or poverty and turn them around to move on and make choices or be a victim of your circumstances and allow them to control you. Either way there is a cause and a consequence of any action or choice . . . . Each of these stories can be read as self-contained compositions but I would recommend you read them in sequence to experience the themes to unfold as most satisfyingly do." (Dean Cowan at BookPleasures.com)
'''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' has been said to be "a beautiful collection of stories about ordinary people living ordinary lives until various circumstances come along and change everything." (Online Book Club). One critic has said that the stories in the book "startle a reader with sudden, uncompromising insight. They seem ordinary people engaged in ordinary lives until betrayals, accidents, and misfortune put the puzzles of their weak choices and unfair chance into stark relief when they are left with a kind of clarity they might have been happier not to have. Yet these stories are not moralistic judgments. Readers will come away from this book better for having spent time with Waldman’s well wrought characters, all sprung from the heart of an exacting writer gifted with compassion." (Perry Glasser, author of Dangerous Places). Furthermore, in Petty Offenses Waldman has been said to accomplish what William Faulkner called the author's job: "to make the extraordinary seem ordinary and to make the ordinary seem extraordinary." (Hardy Jones, author of Every Bitter Thing, at Cybersoleil). And, it has been said that in the book, "Waldman gives the reader a full buffet of crimes and offenses; from large to small, physical to mental and subtle to spectacular....There's something to chew on and sink your teeth into."  (Timothy Gager, author of Treating A Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions). In addition, another reviewer has said of the collection that subtle paradoxes and paradigmatic shifts undermine the reader's sense of stable themes....Waldman's writing stays tight, even concise, and by not calling attention to itself all the more reveals everyday life as taking place on a far grander scale than we imagine." (Paul A. Toth, author of Airplane Novel). Midwest Book Review said that in the book "Mitchell Waldman . . . talks on many topics throughout recent history and the struggles to understand an impossible to understand world, and that [w]ith poignancy and wisdom peppered throughout, 'Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart' is a read that is well worth considering, highly recommended." Book Pleasures described '''Petty Offenses''' as including "beautifully crafted stories...which can be described as bitter sweet. Each protagonist has a scar of some kind; an emotional wound which dictates their actions and the stories revolve around characters seeking to resolve these issues . . . . Some reach a level of greater wisdom and closure . . . . In other stories the characters do not enjoy the mixed blessings of 'closure', and some border on the macabre . . . . The lesson it seems from these stories is that you can use your life's experiences even when circumstances are beyond your control such as war or poverty and turn them around to move on and make choices or be a victim of your circumstances and allow them to control you. Either way there is a cause and a consequence of any action or choice . . . . Each of these stories can be read as self-contained compositions but I would recommend you read them in sequence to experience the themes to unfold as most satisfyingly do." (Dean Cowan at BookPleasures.com)

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