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Drowning (Literary/Contemporary Women's Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wingate , Roberts Press
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For fans of Jodi Picoult, Anne Sebold, Maeve Binchy and Ian McEwan, Drowning, Susan's #1 Amazon Best Seller was the WINNER of the FORWARD NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD in Drama.

Even with her mother's death days away, even as her marriage is falling apart, Euly Winger leaves home, returning to the place she grew up in order to uncover a dark secret about her parent's divorce.

On her search for answers, Euly meets up with an old family friends--some offer help, some disaster. Euly returns home just hours before her mother dies. As they sit alone together, Euly asks her mother for the truth.

A suspenseful and inspirational read, DROWNING, a story of love and redemption. Mainstream women’s fiction/family drama category.

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About the Author

WINNER OF THE 2011 FORWARD NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD in the category of Drama #1 Amazon bestselling author, SUSAN WINGATE, is co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES. Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, two short story collections and nine novels, four of which have been published and another three slated for publication in 2011 and 2012. Her amateur sleuth series entitled The Bobby’s Diner Series has received acclaim from reviewers and in book competitions. Her gritty novel, A FALLING OF LAW by JJ Adams is often described as Chandleresque in style. International bestselling author, Michael Collins, has this to say about A FALLING OF LAW, “So edgy and straightforward talking. [Harvey Fleming] is a rare breed and he’s doing exactly what he should be doing.” A lover of the education and the arts, Susan Wingate teaches writing, she draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. Susan Wingate lives in Washington State with her husband and with a bunch of animals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615448127
  • Publisher: Roberts Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTFE2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Cannot Recommend. September 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Obviously, with nine 5-star reviews, I am the odd reader out. But even so, I cannot recommend this book.

I felt the beginning was not just slow, it was unbelievably slow. We were given a hint of what would propel the protagonist to act as she did fairly quickly but then left hanging for pages and pages and even chapters before further attention was paid to what was supposed to be the triggering incident that set the story in motion. And even then, the author so often ventured off into distracting side trips into her past that it was frustrating.

The other major problem I had with this novel was that I never connected with the protagonist. She was not especially likable. She went off half-cocked on a mission to uncover 'the truth' of long-buried family secrets, against her mother's wishes and when her mother was perhaps a week from death--in a hospice facility, no less. It was impossible to understand why her mission, which didn't seem that earth shaking, couldn't have waited. Then, she proceeded to upset aging relatives. I found her not only heartless, but stupid--entering her aunt's empty house after her aunt ordered her to leave earlier and rummaging through personal documents while the aunt was gone? Who does something like this?? And then to lead another man who was connected to the family by marriage years before to believe she would have sex with him in exchange for information, and take him to her hotel room? Good grief! It wasn't as if she was on a mission to save the country from multiple nuclear bomb attacks!

As for the writing, I found it passable but far, far too heavy on description after description. The book also could have used tighter editing, which was not part of my decision to give only three stars.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing October 10, 2011
By Phyllis
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tales of redemption are a staple of fiction; however, under the deft hand of Susan Wingate, the story of Euly Winger in Drowning is unlike any story you have read before. While Euly navigates the secrets of her family's past as she simultaneously confronts her failed marriage and her mother's imminent death, a character of memorable proportions emerges, and we have a new heroine to cheer on and to embrace.

Phyllis Schieber, author of The Manicurist, The Sinner's Guide to Confession, and Willing Spirits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding! August 13, 2011
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Susan Wingate is an amazing author. In her book, "Drowing", she maintains your interest throught the book, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and even throws some turns you don't expect. Very well written and highly reccomended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DROWING is Intensily absorbing June 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Susan Wingate's novel DROWNING took me deep into its waters, from the first to the last page. Susan Wingate utterly succeeds in writing DROWING, as a powerful novel that is designed to show the conflicts as well as the complex inner workings of human nature.
Dr. Veronica Esagui, television producer and author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars surprising twists and turns in this story May 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Drowning I was truly torn between two polar extremes: my delight in the compelling story-telling talent of its author, Susan Wingate, and my distaste for the poor attention she gave to editing and proofreading her work. For the first I would have awarded her 5 stars--for the second, alas, only 2. The writing lacks in its grammar, punctuation, spelling, which give it a shaky underlying structure. I think it is imperative that indie authors proofread their work. Not doing so is a slight towards the reader, and a disservice to themselves.

So to help me come up with a reasonable way to weigh these opposite impressions, I made a note to myself that story-telling is a natural talent, one that comes from the heart and guts and cannot be taught. Not so with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Which is why I ended up giving the author the benefit of the doubt, hoping she will come back to improve the technical aspects of her writing. Therefore I am awarding the story 4 stars.

The cover image of a bluish head over which you can discern the flow of water is somewhat morbid, and fully becoming of the theme of the story, which includes an episode of physical drowning as well as that feeling of suffocation Euly feels, faced with the secrets in her family. She is far from being a 'likable' protagonist, and her actions are far from following any logical reasoning, which makes for surprising twists and turns in this story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping September 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From the opening pages, Susan Wingate draws the reader in with a scene of gripping emotion. As the book continues, layers of Euly Winger's secret past come off. I found myself haunted by the story and the supernatural perspective through which Ms. Wingate tells her tale. A must read, not just for afficianados of women' fiction, but for anyone who enjoys a superbly written work of literature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ever have that dark moment at 2am, when all of life's troubles appear to be closing in and there's no escape?

Euly Winger, the protagonist at the heart of Susan Wingate's latest novel, inhabits that very moment. Yet, even as troubles with her family and marriage seem to be closing in, she sets out to uncover - and more importantly, *understand* - the dark secret held at her family's heart.

At turns lyrical and touching, you'll find this an exercise in emotion and intimacy. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Has some good bones, but could benefit from an editor....
The basic premise of the story is age old .....our perception of our childhood and how we carry that baggage with us......the relationships between mothers and daughters..... Read more
Published 28 days ago by christopherpines
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read with a few unpredicted twists..insight to the apparent thoughts of drowning were surreal - hope to read again
Published 12 months ago by tatsue
4.0 out of 5 stars family secrets
This is a story about family confusion. Nothing seems to make sense about the relationships in he family until a secret is revealed after the death of one.
Published 12 months ago by J. McDaniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of bitter tea
I almost quit reading after the prologue. It seemed to me that the author wasn't sure what she really wanted to say. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Katha Frances Walter
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd little book
I think I liked this book. I say that because there were so many punctuation errors and missing words I had a very hard time reading it. I did enjoy the story, though. Read more
Published 14 months ago by chenie
2.0 out of 5 stars Drowning by Susan Wingate
The spelling and grammar in this book were so horrible that I spent a lot of time reading sentences over and over trying to figure out what the author was saying. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kristin
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Typos
I enjoyed the book, Drowning, but I was distracted by the multiple misspellings and typos. I read the Kindle edition and maybe the print edition has been corrected. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JustBarb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Character Development
I read this book in two sittings. Not only did I connect with the protagonist, I thought that she handled herself very well throughout the book, even under the pressure. Read more
Published 18 months ago by T. Persun
3.0 out of 5 stars drowning
I'm still reading this book. It's very hard to follow and not to interesting. I hope to finish it soon.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Plot dwindled into a non-plot
There appeared to be a plot in this story and it started out well, but then the plot disappeared. The big secret turned into something non- eventful. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Honeybrooklin
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More About the Author

Amazon Bestselling Author and WINNER of the Forward National Literature Award (Drowning)

#1 Amazon Best Seller (Drowning)
#2 Amazon Best Seller (Bobby's Diner)

"Absorbing" ~ Phyllis Schieber (author of "The Manicurist" and "The Sinner's Guide to Confession")
"Gripping" ~ TC Elliot
"A tale about the explosiveness of secrets, and, ultimately, redemption." ~ Michael Bellomo (Award-winning author)

Susan's novels, HOTTER THAN HELEN, OF THE LAW, BOBBY'S DINER, SPIDER BRAINS and DROWNING all reached Amazon Best Seller status in 2012 and 2013.

SUSAN WINGATE's poem entitled "The Dance of Wind in Trees" has been published in the April 2013 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Susan's award-winning, Amazon best seller, DROWNING is now available in audio book version.

SPIDER BRAINS, Book No. 1 in the "Susie Speider" YA Fiction Series, is Available Now through Astraea Press and on Amazon.

DROWNING (contemporary women's fiction) won First Place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for the category of Drama. DROWNING also won a finalist award for the category of Women's Fiction/Chick Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards and reached #1 on the Amazon's Best Seller list.

A vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile ePublishing industry. She presents these lectures at writing conferences, libraries and book stores around the country. She also loves to visit with book clubs for more intimate chats.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie, Susan tried to fly, at age five, off the roof of their family house using only newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She's been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time, screaming like a crazy woman, and stopped her from take-off. After that, she began taking dance lessons with the solid ground beneath her feet.

In high school, Susan became involved in acting when she joined the drama club. And, at seventeen, she went on a 2-month acting tour with an acting troupe called The Robinhood Players. At nineteen, she taught aerobics, worked as a waitress and bartender. Susan graduated from Arizona State University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Three years later, she moved to an island off the Washington State coast to concentrate on her writing. However, to support herself, she opened up a bed & breakfast and for three years ran it but closed doors soon after September 11, 2001.

It was after she got noticed by award-winning, international best-selling author, Michael Collins that she began to think she could actually make a career in the publishing industry. For two years Collins mentored Susan.

Susan writes full-time and lives not too far from Seattle with her husband, Bob, Robert their dog, fourteen cats, fourteen birds, a fistful of raccoons, a small herd of deer, a few sly fox, a band of ring-necked doves, an unkindness of ravens, a murder of crows and a covey of quail!

For Film Rights, Susan is represented by JESSICA KAYE, Kaye & Mills is a boutique law firm offering a broad range of legal services to companies and individuals in the entertainment, new and evolving media and publishing industries.

Please use the CONTACT button on her website for all inquiries.

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