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Not Waving, Drowning Paperback – September 26, 2011
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"With uncanny ability, Linda Sands weaves the disparate threads of three women's lives into a beautiful tapestry..."~Patti Callahan Henry
From the Back Cover
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."
Top Customer Reviews
I noticed that she has received some glowing reviews which gives you an example of the book's quality.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book took me into the depths of Savannah. i felt like each of the characters became my friend and I wanted to keep turning the page to see what was going to happen next in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by marianna mcginn
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 morePublished on February 8, 2014 by OutlawLori
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 morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Cathy T
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. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by debbiekcampana
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 morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Lindalee
Linda Sands used the poetry of Stevie Smith in her interwoven stories of three women living in different eras in the South. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Pat Branch