Give Me Shelter

Give Me Shelter by David B. Seaburn is a beautiful story about human connection and condition… Seaburn’s character development was outstanding… What I particularly liked about it was that it was such a humorous story told in such a turbulent time…Give Me Shelter is a well-written coming-of-age story that will have readers of family life fiction turning the pages to see what happens to all the memorable characters. This is one of those books that will leave the reader thinking about the characters after the book is finished, remembering things they have done or said, just like an old friend. Literary Titan

About the Author

David B. Seaburn is the author of nine novels, his most recent being Give Me Shelter, which was released in December 2022. 

David's first publication was a series of poems when he was in seminary at Boston University (1972-75). He continued writing while serving a church for six years, mostly short stories, plays, songs, essays and two manuscripts of inspirational prose.   

He entered the field of marriage and family therapy in 1986 and was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he did extensive academic writing.  During this period, he co-authored two professional books and wrote over 60 papers and book chapters.

David B. Seaburn


Give Me Shelter

Short-listed for the Somerset Award in Literary and Contemporary Fiction (2022);

Finalist for the Maxy Award in Literary and Humor Fiction (2023);

Short Listed for the American Writing Awards Hawthorne Prize (2023);

Bookfest, Third Place, Literary Fiction/Coming-of-Age (2023);

Finalist, General Fiction, American Writing Awards (2023):

Broken Pieces of God

Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award in General Fiction (2021);

Runner-up for the Pencraft Award in General Fiction (2022);

Gavin Goode

American Book Fest Finalist for "Best Book" in General Fiction (2019);

Semi-Finalist for the Somerset Award in Literary, Contemporary and Satire Fiction (2019);

Parrot Talk

Second in the TAZ Awards for Fiction (2017);

Short listed for the Somerset Award (2018);

Charlie No Face 

Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award in General Fiction;


I recently participated in an interview with eBook publisher, ManyBooks  to talk about my work, including my latest novel: Give Me Shelter.


Reedsy Review
Seaburn again tells a story of human vulnerability, endurance, secrets, truth, loss, humor, resilience and love...There is something very comforting about returning to David Seaburn's fiction for me... you will feel enclosed in a world that is well-shaped and crafted...when you reach the end, you don't really like the feeling of separation from the story, as it has been an experience of support, warmth and comfort...I drifted through the narrative, completely absorbed by the characters, the dialogue, the switching between perspectives. He has the ability to show real everyday human concerns; it is the presentation of these which drives his fiction... he is an astute and aware writer who guides you through his created world with clarity and conciseness and just the right amount of humour when his books. 


The dual challenges of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis that threatens the world and the unexplained loss of two parents that threatens a family are the driving forces behind the lives of two boys and their grandfather.

Willie, Denny and their grandfather, Pop, have lived together for nine years, ever since the boys’ parents died in an accident that remains a mystery to the boys. Denny reluctantly leaves for college, while Willie enters sixth grade, fearful of the menacing missile crisis and curious about his parents’ fate.

Willie’s best friends are Lucy and Preston. Lucy wonders about the ‘man in the suit’ who seems to be everywhere she goes. Her mom, Trish, grapples with unemployment. Preston is burdened by the trauma his father experiences from involvement in two wars. Denny meets his first ever girlfriend at college, Lucy, who has one leg that’s shorter than the other. Good neighbor, Robert is building a bomb shelter in the back year. Muriel, his mother is a shoot-from-the-hip older adult with dementia.

Over time, the connections between them create the shelter they need for their common journey. This is a story of human vulnerability, endurance, secrets, truth, loss, humor, resilience, and love.