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Romance and the Vending Machine & Other Stories

William S. Frankl, M.D. (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-1163-6 ©2002
Price: $13.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 174 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Romance and the Vending Machine and Other Stories is a collection of short stories about choices and the effects they have on our lives. Some tales are lighthearted, some serious, with each providing an opportunity to ponder: what if the choice had been different?

The direction and success of our lives often depend on a series of choices. "Romance and the Vending Machine: And Other Stories" is a collection of short-short stories concerned with these choices whose consequences are influenced by the settings in which they occur. There are five settings for the stories in this collectionÐwhen important opportunities are about to be lost; during a dubious relationship; within a troubled marriage; when the hand of fate intervenes; and while awaiting death. Some of the stories are light-hearted, others serious, some choices obvious, others subtle. But all the stories provide an opportunity to ponder: what if the choice had been different.

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Customer Reviews

  "Romance" is a fine collection , 01/29/2004
Reviewer: Jane Friedman
Romance and the Vending Machine Recognized by Writer's Digest International Self-Published Books Awards

Romance and the Vending Machine and Other Stories by William S. Frankl has received an honorable mention in the 10th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Books Awards.

This book was chosen to be honored out of 367 entered in the mainstream fiction category. In this category, we awarded one first-place award and 10 honorable mentions. The judge of the book noted, "This slim volume of more than 40 short stories is a keeper, something to have with you when waiting in line or for those last few minutes before turning in, or just to savor, one or two more stories at a time." ~ Jane Friedman, Writer's Digest Managing Editor, April 2, 2003 ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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  "Romance Collection" sizzles , 01/29/2004
Reviewer: Sara Thiermann
Bill Frankl has mastered the art of the miniature with his virtuoso collection of short-shorts, Romance and the Vending Machine, tiny tales that illuminate the consequences of the seemingly mundane choices couples face in the course of a relationship. This collection of forty-two stories highlights five settings where choice derails the expected for the couples involved - lost opportunities,in the dubious relationship, when the marriage is troubled, when fate intervenes, at death's door. Marriage with intent to kill the wealthy lover and marry the ne'er do well boyfriend backfires. On the eve of his fiftieth anniversary, a once skittish groom rues the choices he made. The e-mail romance backfires when they decide to meet. Disenchanted, God sends a dead man back with apocalyptic knowledge. Frankl's knowledge of human nature gained during his years as a clinical cardiologist is as evident as his skills as a writer. If these stories were Scotch whiskey, they would be single malt. ~ Sara Thiermann, Ph.D., MFA ~ Radnor, Pennsylvania

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  "Romance " collection is great! , 01/29/2004
Reviewer: Rosemary McDonough
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading " ROMANCE AND THE VENDING MACHINE." It's a good read with many surprises. I especially enjoyed " So What Is There To Say? " and " Museum Tours. " ~ Rosemary C. Mcdonough ~ Narbeth, Pennsylvania

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  I loved "Romance" , 01/29/2004
Reviewer: Ruth Hayflick
I loved "Romance..." and the other stories in his book. They're perfect for reading when I'm so sleepy but do not want to go to bed yet! They are often very clever besides. ~ Ruth Hayflick ~ The Sea Ranch, California

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