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12 Short Stories and Their Making

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ISBN-13: 978-0892553129
ISBN-10: 089255312X
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About the Author

Paul Mandelbaum is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a former managing editor of Story magazine, and the author of Garrett in Wedlock: A Novel-in-Stories. He teaches writing and literature at Emerson College's Los Angeles Center and in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and lives in Culver City, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Persea (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089255312X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892553129
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Louis N. Gruber VINE VOICE on September 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
The short story is alive and well, if less visible than in the past. This collection includes twelve of the very finest contemporary short stories--stories that grip you and force you to turn pages--each one followed by an in-depth interview with the author. How did you create this story? Did you follow an outline? Or, did the ending surprise you? Questions that an aspiring short story writer would want to ask. The answers are fascinating.

You can read this book for the stories alone--which are outstanding; or, you can read the stories and then study the interviews, dissect the stories with editor Paul Mandelbaum, and try to understand more deeply what makes them tick. Either way is well worth the trouble.

If you are a short story lover or aspiring writer, I can recommend this book highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Taffeta Wood on December 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to take a class with Paul Mandelbaum through UCLA and we used this book in the class. He really understands the small and large aspects of short stories and is just a really smart, creative person.

I've read and re-read this book because I get more from it each time. There are a lot of books about writing and collections of stories also but, this book really is the perfect mix of entertainment and informative teaching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Fleetwood on July 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Very interesting pieces of literature, great interviews with the authors...a must read for any aspiring author.
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