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"An ambitious novel that compellingly intertwines the lives of complex characters ... Wonderfully rich and readable, a remarkable debut novel by an exciting new author." ~Robert Olen Butler
"With uncanny ability, Linda Sands weaves the disparate threads of three women's lives into a beautiful tapestry..."~Patti Callahan Henry

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Not Waving, Drowning, a haunting, multi-generational novel, has been referred to as, "The Hours

Marc Fitten, author of the internationally acclaimed, Valeria's Last Stand writes, "Punchy, raw and poignant, 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 fun, great read!"
 
 More praise for Not Waving, Drowning from NY editors:
 
"Ambitious, with strong female characters and a broad scope and sweep of story."
 
"Linda Sands can write- she's the real deal."
 
"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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466409738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466409736
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,979,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a beautifully stitched quilt of memories, feelings, and story lines as the author spreads before us the exploration of three lives that touch each other from three different time periods. As a lover of historic fiction, I found the shifting time periods very engaging. As a northerner, I appreciated a peek into southern culture. As a reader, I appreciated the refreshing plotting choices made by Ms. Sands. They were original and compelling. This book would be a marvelous choice for a book group to read. Lots of avenues to interpret and ideas on which to speculate. A glass of wine and a discussion about a beautifully written book? Yes, please. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
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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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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. A really good read. Linda weaves the three women's tales together like the master that she is.
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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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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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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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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. I'm ready for a road trip to Savannah!
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Linda Sands is a serious, serious writer with a mind deep as that cave that brims with darkness and light way in the bottom of your brain.

The author as writer is purely brilliant and smooth; she is a natural wordsmith, accurate observer, charged full of profound observations of humanity and its latest condition, and she is full speed ahead at all times.

Reading this book was a journey through space, place, time, and the in-touch mind of Linda Sands herself. Linda is so good at what she does---story, research, plot, denoument, words, all of it---that I had to ask myself many times, "Where does ALL this come from?" The details of life in the universe of Not Waving, Drowning just keep coming in a flow of color and literary rapture that seemed endless, as if the author is the one forced to rein it all in rather than being writer as Creator.

The characters in this book NEVER run out of ways to embellish their Sands-given lives with details of intrinsic existence in this universe of the book. The characters are metaphors, yes, but they are metaphors with real lives of their own in a metaphoric universe, and they consistenly write their own stories in their own voices. And they go their own ways---yet each is headed for a one-time, mysterious, explosive connection and denouement that stuns.

Linda has perfect control of three separate lives that play out across a dozen decades; three powerful women who all display self-possession and drive that will not be turned aside once a path is chosen. Bobbie the kickass passionate girl war-reporter from the beginning of the 20th Century. Flora, the tragic yet self-made triumphant figure who bridges the 19th and 20th Centuries trying to survive a personal hell.
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