Undercover: ‘Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children’
Pittsburgh native Newman’s latest work is a comedy of bad manners that shows the writer’s evolution from his debut novel.
Simply put: Dave Newman is my new favorite writer. This is so much the case that I’m thinking of making T-shirts with that statement emblazoned across the chest.
Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children is his second novel — and it’s a giant leap forward from his precocious teen noir Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight. Newman’s latest concerns itself with people who love books. They love writing them, and they love reading them. Set in the writing department of a local university, Raymond Carver is a comedy of bad manners. Dan Charles is a happily married writing instructor and father of two. He and his wife, Lori (also a writer and teacher), are doing their best to keep their jobs, which don’t even pay the bills (they’ve each taken on second jobs), while raising a family and attempting to somehow find time to pen the books they dream of writing.
What shows through in these pages, well beyond the drunken sprees and academic slapstick, is Newman’s love of being a writer. Specifically, his love of being a writer in Pittsburgh. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read that have rendered our city as beautifully, and with as much emotional resonance, as Raymond Carver does…
Read the full review at Pittsburgh Magazine: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/November-2012/Undercover-Dave-Newmans-Raymond-Carter-Will-Not-Raise-Our-Children/