Second Place, TAZ Awards for Fiction (2017); Short Listed, Somerset Award for Fiction (2018)
Lucas and Grinder are more than a little surprised and confused to hear that their mother, Millie, who they haven’t heard from in over thirty years, has died. Now her best friend wants them to come to Pittsburgh to take care of their mother’s effects, chief among them being Paul.
Published: May 2017 by Black Rose Writing
Available in: Paperback and as an e-book on Kindle
I have read all of David Seaburn's books and enjoyed them all, and Parrot Talk is the funniest and most enjoyable. The story is full of pain, and grief told in a humorous way that is infused with hesitant exoneration, redemption, and forgiveness.I love this book and highly recommend it. I have bought extra copies of this book as gifts for people I think would enjoy it too. It is a book you will want to share, and I hope that it gets made into a movie.
I believe that any book that features a stoned African Grey parrot is worth reading. This book did not disappoint. This book reminds me that people are full of surprises. David Seaburn reminds me that families are complex and capable of redemption. Who better to capture this than a writer who worked for years as a family therapist.
As with David Seaburn's other novels, Parrot Talk is ultimately about reconciliation and redemption among anguished family members. But this book uses the device of a seemingly wise and prescient parrot to great comic effect. I found myself literally laughing out loud at several points. The parrot steals the show but there are several clearly drawn and compelling human characters as well. This is Seaburn's most successful novel and, overall, a moving hoot.