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Not Waving, Drowning [Kindle Edition]

Linda Sands
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Not Waving, Drowning is the story of three women bound in a poetic tapestry:

Modern day architectural photographer Maggie Morris is called to Savannah when her husband is presumed drowned. While looking into his mysterious disappearance, she’s forced to open herself up to new possibilities when she falls in love with a lighthouse restorer.

Bobbie Denton, an 1889 NY reporter running from her past ends up in Savannah where she finds both love and a legend, when she uncovers the story of The Waving Girl- a woman thought to be crazy- greeting ships from her island home by waving a cloth by day and a lantern by night.

Flora Martus, The 72 year old Waving Girl of Savannah, tells all her secrets to the mortician’s daughter on one day in 1940 when she lays her beloved brother, the lighthouse keeper to rest.

Using the poetry of Stevie Smith as the through line, this tapestry of stories weaves a common thread of humanity in that love can’t be judged, the past can’t be rewritten, and not everyone can be saved.

Editorial Reviews


Pulitzer prize winner and prolific author Robert Olen Butler called Not Waving, Drowning, "An ambitious novel that compellingly intertwines the lives of three separate, complex characters across a century to illuminate the great and fundamental issues of serious fiction: the yearning for connection, for self. Wonderfully rich and readable, this is a remarkable debut novel by an exciting new author."

NYT Best selling author of nine novels and fresh new voice from the south, Patti Callahan Henry said, "With uncanny ability, Linda Sands weaves the disparate threads of three women's lives into a beautiful tapestry of haunting loss where all is not as it seems."

"Linda Sands is an unflinching writer who stares her reader in the eye while she grabs them by the throat. Not Waving, Drowning is an epic tale examining the lives and motivations of three memorable women. A great read!"~"I
nternational best selling author Marc Fitten

More praise for Not Waving, Drowning from NY editors: 

"Ambitious, with strong female characters and a broad scope and sweep of story."

"An ambitious feat of storytelling. I like that not one but three worlds beckon."

"The writing is beautiful and very atmospheric, with a meaty, almost gothic feel about it. Readers will enjoy the great cast of strong female characters."
  Excerpt from a review by Bookwenches 
Savannah, Georgia, with all its quirks and traditions serves as a back drop for the stories of three women, spanning a century, that interlink with one another in beautifully haunting ways. Not Waving, Drowning is a beautifully written, sad story that will leave a lasting imprint on your soul. 

From the Author

Writer, Novelist, blogger, rabble-rousing mom, agented by Josh Getzler.
You can find a more extensive bio on my website,
linda-sands.comfollow me on facebook or Twitter @lindasands . I blog as Another Good Thing for BlogHer.

What you need to know: I write stories every day. Today, it might be about you.

"People who write fiction for a living are basically insane. They tell lies that you will believe, create worlds you'll get lost in, steal your time and stories. They can majorly mess with your head. It's a powerful gift. 
I'm a writer."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1439 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466409738
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby (September 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q1BSUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Linda Sands has given us chance to travel to Savannah through the eyes of three women as different as the times they live in. A chance to look over their shoulders and experience their emotions. And a chance for us to understand how the past is connected to today. I highly recommend Linda's moving novel, NOT WAVING, DROWNING
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Southern Tale of Three Women April 23, 2012
Linda Sands used the poetry of Stevie Smith in her interwoven stories of three women living in different eras in the South. Set in the lush surroundings of beautiful Savannah, GA, she tells the stories of Maggie, Bobbie, and Flora, (who was known as The Waving Girl of Savannah) Not Waving, Drowning weaves a common tapestry of love, loss, and redemption, and Linda Sands' remarkable portrayals of Southern women brings it all home for me. She writes with authenticity and spunk and with a penchant for making the reader feel as if she is smack dab in the middle of the story, living the life of that character. Not Waving, Drowning transported me far away to another time in history and gave me hours of reading pleasure. Isn't that what good novels are supposed to do? Yes, I think so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably written, brilliant multi-dimensional story! January 23, 2012
By Chloe
To be quite honest, I was not familiar with this writer and drawn in solely by the book's title. What a pleasant surprise! Linda Sands storytelling from three POVs in differing time periods was as impressive as her ability to develop and breathe life into three unique and fascinating strong female characters. Scenes were so descriptive I felt transcended, and it was obvious Sands did her research. There is so much substance to this novel, I had to wonder if the writer had possibly walked a few miles in one of her characters shoes. Not Waving, Drowning is a serious novel that offers readers a wonderful dose of southern hospitality - the kind that makes you want to stay up late to visit with characters. Curl up and get comfy. You'll love the read and won't want it to end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Waving, Drowning by Linda Sands October 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was not a book that I would have thought fit my reading style. I was shocked, surprised and now have a new respect for another genre. The story placed me in another time. The lives of three strong women, connected through history, shown as brightly as the light of the Lighthouse. I fell in love with the story and characters. I hated some things that happened to the women, which is what a great book does; it brings out your emotions. I would love to read Linda Sands again. The research and history were amazing and the poetry intertwined beautifully. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE IT! A couple of typos weren't caught by the editor, but the story was so strong it wasn't a bother. I can't wait until another story comes out..... I want my friends back! Flora, Bobbie and Maggie! Thanks Linda for a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We see what we want to see. May 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Three different women in three different times, each with a common string to bind the story. The way the author shows their strenghts and weaknesses is so captivating. Maggie's thought are so brutally honest as she goes to Savannah to find out wat happened to her husband. What holds her there is a roller coaster of emotions. Bobbie's story was of a women living beyond her time but it still comes back to loving a man. Fora is the glue that holds it all together yet she truly was drowning her whole life. The way she described her life to "Cow Eyes" was brilliant.
I will be looking foward to reading more stories by this excellent author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be listed on Oprah's Book Club January 24, 2015
A great story, well written. The novel has twists and turns; touches on love, hope, romance, secrets and lies. The type of book you’d recommend to your book club or someone perusing the airport book stalls. The novel’s pace flows and the surprises are well placed throughout. If you liked Laura Lippmann’s After I’m Gone, or the twisty turns of Laura Flynn’s Gone Girl—give this hip, southern flavored fiction a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I waited for this and was not disappointed December 21, 2011
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I waited for this novel to be published because I know the author and have read her short stories. This book did not disappoint me, in fact I didn't want it to end. Maggie, Bobbie and Flora feel like my friends now, and I would love it if she would write a sequel. For anyone who has ever been to Savannah and seen the statue of The Waving Girl, this book will be especially compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Linda Sands February 14, 2013
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This is not a book I would generally read, but my wife downloaded it to my Kindle. It was helpful that I had spent several years in Savannah where a lot of the book takes place. My usual routine in reading a book is to read fast and sometimes skip paragraphs but Linda Sands excellent writing got me to slow down. My general impression of the book was that it was a bit wordy but worthwhile reading in the long run.
I noticed that she has received some glowing reviews which gives you an example of the book's quality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Savannah Bound!
Linda Sands has introduced me to a bit of history that I knew nothing about. I enjoyed reading about the lives of these three characters in three different time periods. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Theresa Howard
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Disappointing Read
Overall strange and depressing. Lots of build up and mystery, but no grand finale. If you are going to draw me in with a mystery, make the ending worth my time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cadescreek
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully refreshing
At times you need a good read that captivates and encourages you to keep turning pages. Linda keeps you guessing and turning as you delve into the lives of 3 women, in 3 different... Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Cathy Tiehaara
5.0 out of 5 stars A "can't put the book down" read
Wow, what an incredible read. I couldn't put the book down. Following the lives of 3 women who each in their own world, live through Savannah and all it has to offer. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Lindalee
5.0 out of 5 stars More great southern tales
I love this book! It's got all the colorful,charming, and quirky characters you'd expect from say, "The Ya Ya Sisterhood", without the child abusing main character to annoy you. Read more
Published on November 15, 2011 by Elizabeth Seckman
5.0 out of 5 stars The reader will not go wrong with this one
This is the story of three generations of women in Savannah, Georgia.

Bobbie, from the early 1900s, spent time in the equivalent of the child welfare system. Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by Paul Lappen
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More About the Author

Linda Sands is a well traveled Yankee transplanted to Atlanta via California. The author of the internationally published legal thriller, Simple Intent, Linda earned a Kirkus Starred Review for her Southern Gothic novel, Not Waving, Drowning. Her haunting, epic story of three women bound in a poetic tapestry spanning three generations has been called "The Hours" in Savannah.
Known for her award-winning short stories and essays, Linda's latest work includes a noir-esque detective novel set in Syracuse and a non-fiction photo essay book about the modern truck driver, You Bought It, We Brought It.
Watch for her new mystery series featuring Jojo Boudreaux, a tenacious trucker with the mouth of a sailor and the heart... of a truck driver. Book One, Grand Theft Cargo. Book Two, Precious Cargo.
Agented by Josh Getzler of HSG Agency.

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