Fred Shaw reviews “Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children” for Pittsburgh City Paper

With pointed humor, Dave Newman’s new novel portrays the life of a lowly college writing instructor.
Much of Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children is a satirical send up of today’s student, as well as Pittsburgh’s literary scene.

Write what you know is a dictum straight from page one of any creative-writing instructor’s playbook. It’s advice well-heeded by local writer Dave Newman in his second novel, Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children.

Newman has widely published both poems and stories, winning the Andre Dubus Novella Award in 2004, in addition to having had all sorts of workaday jobs. Newman’s narrator, Dan Charles, seems a semi-autobiographical version of himself: a 40-ish Pittsburgh native who teaches writing, is married to a woman named Lori and lives east of the city with two kids. (Newman’s spouse is Lori Jakiela, herself an accomplished writer and instructor.)

To the uninitiated, being both a published writer and professor at a respected university would seem to make Dan Charles financially successful. However, this life is anything but secure …

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