Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart

Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart

by Mitchell Waldman


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ISBN-13: 9781936138364
Publisher: Blue Lake Review
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

In addition to PETTY OFFENSES AND CRIMES OF THE HEART, Mitchell Waldman is also the author of the novel, A FACE IN THE MOON (Writers Club Press, 2000). His short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, online and off. Waldman was also co-editor (with Diana May-Waldman) of the anthologies, WOUNDS OF WAR: POETS FOR PEACE, and HIP POETRY 2012, and serves as Fiction Editor for Blue Lake Review. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his partner, poet and journalist Diana May-Waldman (author of A WOMAN'S SONG). For more information, see their website at:

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Midwest Book Review

We wrong ourselves as much as we wrong others. "Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart" is a collection of short fiction from Mitchell Waldman, who talks on many topics throughout recent history and the struggles to understand an impossible to understand world. With poignancy and wisdom peppered throughout, "Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart" is a read that is well worth considering, highly recommended

TCM Reviews - Muhammed Hassalani

. . . The stories [in "Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart"] leave the reader wondering who is the real criminal. . . .These characters have something to share -- something profound, something personal, and something that reveals a little about ourselves. - Dean Cowan

For those of you who enjoy olfactory metaphors, these beautifully crafted stories in Mitchell Waldman's collection “Petty Offences and Crimes of the Heart” 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.

Cybersoleil Journal - Hardy Jones

In Mitchell Waldman's story collection Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart (Wind Publications, 2011) at the end of the story “Bad Neighborhood,” the narrator asks, “Is there any place safe to go?,” and after reading the book you will feel the same. Waldman's stories present characters ranging from the descendants of Holocaust survivors to small time thieves to distraught lovers, and while there is pain in these stories, there is always the possibility of redemption....William Faulkner said that an author's job is to make the extraordinary seem ordinary and to make the ordinary seem extraordinary, and in Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart this is what Waldman accomplishes. While reading the stories you may wonder “Is there any place safe to go?,” but you will be glad that you spent time in Waldman's world.

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