Mandelbaum Profile

The Baltimore Sun runs a profile of Paul Mandelbaum, author of the new story collection Garrett-in-Wedlock. The book caught my eye not just because I’ve taken writing classes with Paul, but because of its serious subject matter, couched in a hilarious set-up.

Really, it could happen to anyone.

You marry and divorce. You remarry and your wife has two children from two former spouses. Ex-spouse No. 1 is dying from a form of mad cow disease, and he comes to live with you – even getting the master bedroom. Ex-spouse No. 2 is a bigamist who also makes himself right at home in your life. Oh, and you and your wife are under the care of a mysterious fertility doctor.

Related: Paul also took part in Moorishgirl’s underappreciated books series last month.