Mitchell Waldman

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===Literary bio===
===Literary bio===
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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 magic realism) and tends to use dialogue to bring his characters to life. He is the author of the the short story collection, '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' (Wind Publications, August 15, 2011) and the novel, '''A Face in the Moon''' (Writers Club Press, 2000), a belated coming-of-age story told from a male first person viewpoint. Waldman's novel has been described as "a Shakespearean-like tale with a twist," as "a story readers won't soon forget," and as "an emotionally deep story that takes the reader so deep inside a lonely, sad young man readers will hold their breath knowing that they cannot escape until the book is finished." The novel has further been described as showing Waldman's "great talent for developing characters who are people you feel you know, then placing them in life settings we can all understand and believe," as demonstrating his "tremendous talent for genuine characters in real life settings," and as showing the author's application of "skill in his flowing narrative complete with a skillful portrayal of psychological grapplings."  
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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 magic realism) and tends to use 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).
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The stories in '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' have been said to "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). 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).
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Waldman is also the author of the novel, '''A Face in the Moon''' (Writers Club Press, 2000), a belated coming-of-age story told from a male first person viewpoint. Waldman's novel has been described as "a Shakespearean-like tale with a twist," as "a story readers won't soon forget," and as "an emotionally deep story that takes the reader so deep inside a lonely, sad young man readers will hold their breath knowing that they cannot escape until the book is finished." The novel has further been described as showing Waldman's "great talent for developing characters who are people you feel you know, then placing them in life settings we can all understand and believe," as demonstrating his "tremendous talent for genuine characters in real life settings," and as showing the author's application of "skill in his flowing narrative complete with a skillful portrayal of psychological grapplings."  
Waldman's short stories, poetry, and essays focus in great part on the harsh realities of living in the world today, relationships, broken families, and various social issues. His work also deals, in some part, with the effects of war on families and their participants, as well as with alienation, in some instances in the context, specifically, of being a Jew in a largely Christian society.  
Waldman's short stories, poetry, and essays focus in great part on the harsh realities of living in the world today, relationships, broken families, and various social issues. His work also deals, in some part, with the effects of war on families and their participants, as well as with alienation, in some instances in the context, specifically, of being a Jew in a largely Christian society.  

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