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Two Small Birds

4.69  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Dan Charles reads Whitman the way some people read the Bible. He works three jobs. He attends college. Dan’s older brother sells industrial parts and wants out. Dan wants something. In TWO SMALL BIRDS, the brothers take flight in the worst possible way. This is the story of what it means to be family, to be working class, and to dream of being a poet in a world that ...more
Paperback, 1st, 296 pages
Published January 24th 2014 by Writers Tribe Books (first published January 17th 2014)
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Jason Pettus
Dec 08, 2014 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
[Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography ( I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.]

Dave Newman's Two Small Birds is the best kind of social-realist novel there is, a genre that can be fraught with problems if not handled with a delicate touch; not the dour, preachy kind of social realism from do-gooder academic liberals that seems to dominate this type of storytelling, but more the "here
Feb 22, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I have become a big fan of Newman's work, especally his poetry. In this novel, Newman explores the relationship between two brothers, who are endeavoring to save money so they can start up their own business. Newman captures the strain created by sacrifice and how love can make people insane. His gift is in highlightening the importance of secondary charactes and how they infuence the unraveling of the story. My only complaint is that I finished it too quickly and now have to wait for his next ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Hosho rated it it was amazing
Another terrific, and gutsy blue-collar novel for the hard-working and hard-living everyman from Newman. A story of two brothers, their dreams, and the work they put in to make it happen -- all beautifully blended with the existential angst of youth, the uselessness and necessity of poetry and poisoned love, and the diesel fumes and methamphetamine of long-distance trucking. In short, another novel from Newman, and from Pittsburgh that you don't want to miss.
Christopher Carrolli
Jan 24, 2014 Christopher Carrolli rated it it was amazing
Dan Charles is a recent college graduate, the passion of his studies—Poetry. With a love of Walt Whitman, a deep curiosity of Thoreau, and an obsession with Carl Sandburg, he finds himself stuck in the humdrum, everyday working life of western Pennsylvania. In a small world where Poetry is laughed at, education is shunned, and the love of arts is not commonly shared, Dan moves from job to job, trying to make it on his own. His parents have moved to Michigan after the plant his father worked for ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Dave Newman's characters, like a lot of folks I know, work bad jobs for good reasons, and hope for better. In this book, you'll find sex and pills, 18-wheelers and truck-stops, motels and mountains. You'll also find truly arresting insights and observations about family, hometowns, highways, lovers, and what it means to work. And not just gritty work, but the dreams and goals beyond the gritty work, the stuff that makes Newman's protagonist, Danny Charles, learn to drive a big rig in order to ...more
Isla McKetta
Sep 28, 2014 Isla McKetta rated it really liked it
The things a writer will do to himself when he isn't writing... I never thought I'd find a book about brotherhood and truck driving so interesting. Nicely developed plot arc and a good experiment with a sympathetic antagonist.
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Dave Newman is the author of the novels Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe, 2014), Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012), Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade Books, 2010), and the collection, The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of L-Magazine's Best Books of 2013. He’s worked as a truck driver, a book store manager, an air filter ...more
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