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Please Don't Shoot Anyone Tonight Paperback – August 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: World Parade Books (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984619828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984619825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Newman has published more than 100 poems and stories in literary journals throughout the world. He's received The Andre Dubus Novella Award, the Liquid Paper Chapbook Prize, the Platonic Three-Way Press Chapbook Prize, and over a dozen Pushcart Prize nominations. His chapbooks include Allen Ginsberg Comes to Pittsburgh, Midnight, Club Boom, Better Business and Truck It. He lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania with his wife the writer Lori Jakiela and their two children.

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Dave Newman is the author of the novels Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Please Don't Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade Books, 2010), and the collection, The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the Best Books of 2013 by L Magazine. He's worked as a truck driver, a book store manager, an air filter salesman, a house painter, and a college teacher. More than 100 of his poems and stories have appeared in magazines throughout the world, including Gulf Stream, Word Riot, Smokelong Quarterly, Rattle, Wormwood Review, Tears in the Fence (UK), and The New Yinzer. He has been the featured writer and on the cover of both 5AM and Chiron Review. Anthologies include Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books) and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (Autumn House Press). Newman has won three chapbooks prizes. In 2004, he received the Andre Dubus Novella Award. He lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pittsburgh writer n'at on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Pittsburgh-area author (and award-winning poet) Dave Newman's new novel, PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ANYONE TONIGHT, is simply a knockout.

There are two cover blurbs -- both from authors I love. Willy Vlautin, author and frontman for the rock band Richman Fontaine, called PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ANYONE TONIGHT "a great portrayal of small town kids circling the edge of darkness." Donald Ray Pollack, bestselling author of KNOCKEMSTIFF, said "PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ANYONE TONIGHT is not only one of the sharpest and funniest novels I've ever read, it's also one of the saddest and truest about teenage life in a small town."

Newman, a native of Irwin, Pennsylvania -- a tiny town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh -- knows a lot about small-town suburban life and draws from it in PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ANYONE TONIGHT. Set in 1987, the novel's main characters, Danny Charles and Matt Williams, are both 17. Danny and Matt spend their nights driving the backroads of Western Pennsylvania, stoned and drunk, looking for old-man bars that welcome their business. If they're not getting served, they're looking to get laid with older women or listening to hair metal, especially the slow songs.

When Matt's girlfriend Susan decides she's pregnant, everything explodes. A plan to rob the paint store where Danny works part-time becomes the only way to raise the money Susan needs. But Danny's not a good thief, Matt's unraveling, and Susan is desperate and capable of more than they know.

Somewhere between a James Cain novel and a Larry Clark photo, this book is perfect for fans of writers like Bukowski and Greg Bottoms, Kerouac and Gerald Locklin.

PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ANYONE TONIGHT doesn't flinch. Newman details a world where parents barely exist, lonely adults can't always recognize teenagers, and the only way to save yourself is by making everything worse.
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In this novel, Dave Newman captures the flavor of Western Pennsylvania while offering a truly unique coming of age tale.
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