Parrot Talk

Parrot Talk

by David B. Seaburn


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Parrot Talk by David B. Seaburn

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.

A road trip ensues with memorable stops at a Racino, a Pittsburgh landmark greasy spoon, and finally a ride on an incline trolley to meet their mother’s friend, Janice. They are taken aback when she introduces them to Paul, an African grey parrot in the depths of grief, who has things to say that will change their lives. And so a transformative adventure begins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612968551
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Parrot Talk 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
David B. Seaburn captures the true essence of what children go through when one parent walks out on them leaving them with the parent that cares more about the beer bottle. The love that Lucas and Grinder have for one another is palpable throughout each page; most vividly as I got to the end of the story. I was in love with the two of these characters. While I did not care for Martha at all, she had her place within the fabric of the story being told. I was happier once I realized that importance, because she was growing old on me. Even Pop won my heart. Using Paul, their Mother’s African Grey Parrot as a bridge of love between Mother and son was such a genius idea. It was not only riveting; it was endearing. I only wanted that bird to be safe by the time I finished this book. I bet you will wish the same! This was a super fast read, great for a one-nighter!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Thirty years ago Lucas and Grinder’s mother, Millie walked out of their lives. Out of the blue, they get a phone call that their mother has died and they need to come get her belongings and Paul. On the long car trip from Rochester we learn about the dysfunctional family. This starts to bring the brothers closer together than they have been in years. Upon arrival, the boys learn that Paul is an African Grey Parrot that is clearly mourning the loss of his owner. It seems that she clearly loved her bird more than her sons. But they more they are around Paul the more they feel part of their mother. This starts the three of them growing from the loss of Millie. This is a hard story that is told with humor. It is clear that Lucas and Grinder had a rough childhood with a drunken father and no mother. But they don’t really understand why their mother left them. Both of handled her leaving in their own ways. But gathering her things they slowly start to realize there is more to this story than just their abandonment. This story is well told with shining glimpses of humor to lighten the situation. Of course Paul stole the show and animals and children always do. I really enjoyed this story and think it will appeal to many. I received Parrot Talk from Teddy at Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Teddy_Rose More than 1 year ago
Brothers, Lucas and Grinder find out that their mother, Millie has passed away in Pittsburgh. They have been estranged from her for a very long time but have to drive cross country to get there and take care of their mother’s estate and her African Grey bird, Paul. They do not find out that Paul is a bird until they get there. During their long drive we find out about their childhood and how they were abandoned by Millie 30 years ago. The road trip had some great tidbits and worth the reading just for that. It is humorous and sad throughout but the humor really cranks up one they get to Pittsburgh and find out that Paul is not the human they speculated him to be but a bird. He’s not only a bird but a grieving bird. It becomes evident to Grinder and Lucas that Millie cared more for Paul than she did for her sons. They find that spending time with Paul is a lot like being with their mother due to all his snarky remarks. I really enjoyed ‘Parrot Talk’ and all of its parts. I laughed and cried in equal measures. It is an excellent character study with complex and quirky characters. With life experience, I have come to learn that all families are dysfunctional and with this one, it becomes apparent fast. It is a great examination of a family that must come to terms with the past and move on. David Seaburn’s poetic prose and the story kept me glued to the book until its conclusion. There are so many memorable moments and I highly recommend ‘Parrot Talk’.