Shingle Creek Sagas
By David R. Yale

“Ordinary” People Fight Oppressive Power

The Real Paul Makinen

Blue-collar community’s general strike triumphs over a right-wing conspiracy to suppress wages.
Shingle Creek Sagas Book 2 – Just Published

“…vividly represented…thought provoking…story that is unusually rooted in a sense of time, place, and community…”
“…outstanding…bittersweet depiction of love, loss, growth, and social and political involvement…”
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, 8/10/22

From workers finding a legal way to take apart and cart off unsafe railroad tracks to fascinating counseling scenes where people learn how to live, love, and work together better, this novel is full of pleasant surprises. We see, stage-by-stage how a working class community that feels powerless and discouraged transforms itself into a fierce, proud, successful, and prosperous powerhouse that confronts racism, classism, and income inequality head-on.

While it is fiction, this novel is based on historical facts we can all learn from because history does repeat itself. When we win changes in the laws governing our country, we don’t eliminate greedy, power hungry special interests. They just find new ways to grab…

Becoming JiJi

Becoming JiJi

Gifted teen girl helps empower her
working class neighborhood.

A gifted teen, challenged to win the love of her life and build a singing career, struggles to transform defeatism into success, with help from three wise women. In the process she helps empower her working class neighborhood.

Jill Frisk, 18-year-old daughter of a violent father and shattered mother, has no plans, no hope. She’s a straight A high school graduate, but her 1970 blue collar neighborhood in Minneapolis discourages women’s dreams.

Although she reads advanced chemistry books as a hobby, her father rules out…

Shingle Creek Sagas Wins Awards

Novel-in-Progress Category
Contemporary Fiction Category

David R. Yale

Known for heartwarming portrayals of ordinary people, David R. Yale has been influenced by Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Jo Sinclair, Marge Piercy, and Barbara Kingsolver. Living and working in blue collar communities in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and rural Arkansas, as well as a socialist utopian community in New York, have also shaped his narrative.