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Making Waves
     

Making Waves

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by Cassandra King
 

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The first novel by the author of acclaimed national bestseller The Sunday Wife, now reissued in paperback.

In a small Alabama town in Zion County, life is finally looking up for 20-year-old Donnette Sullivan. Having just inherited her aunt's old house and beauty shop, she's taken over the business. Her husband, Tim, recently crippled in an accident, is

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The first novel by the author of acclaimed national bestseller The Sunday Wife, now reissued in paperback.

In a small Alabama town in Zion County, life is finally looking up for 20-year-old Donnette Sullivan. Having just inherited her aunt's old house and beauty shop, she's taken over the business. Her husband, Tim, recently crippled in an accident, is beginning to cope not only with his disability but also with the loss of his dreams. Once a promising artist who gave up art for sports, Tim paints a sign for Donnette's new shop, Making Waves, that causes ripples throughout the small southern community.

In a sequence of events--sometimes funny, sometimes tragic--the lives of Donnette, Tim, and others in their small circle of family and friends are unavoidably affected. Once the waves of change surge through Zion County, the lives of its people are forever altered.

Editorial Reviews

Birmingham News
You can't go wrong with this winner.
The Mobile Register
. . . many surprising and remarkable moments in what must be hailed as a major novel of recent years . . .
Orlando Sentinel
. . . Zion is populated with plain-spoken eccentrics . . . the story blasts into a big finish.
Publishers Weekly
Donnette and Tim have been sweethearts since childhood, but some folks in Zion County, Ala., don't think she's good enough for him. When a tragic accident ends Tim's chance for football greatness-and nixes the athletic scholarship he needed to go to college-Donnette snatches him up; they marry and buy her aunt's beauty salon. Donnette's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and snooty Taylor Dupree, the black sheep of the town's powerful Clark family, is highly critical of her. Taylor was Tim's best friend until the accident (which was Taylor's fault), and it's their friendship-which few in Clarksville understand or condone-that lies at the heart of this talky, folksy novel. Back from college, Taylor wants to make things right by Tim, and when Tim paints a beautiful sign for Donnette's salon, Taylor sets his sights on getting Tim an art scholarship. Scheming Ellis Clark, a poor rural girl now married to Taylor's cousin and giddy with Clark family power, tries to make Taylor's road to redemption a rocky one, though. Told in six chapters, narrated by four different characters, the novel offers a shifting moral landscape complemented by a sharp vision of Southern culture and life. This is the first novel King wrote, originally published by Black Belt Press and rereleased after the success of her second, The Sunday Wife. Her debut has a certain vernacular appeal, but most readers may find it too full of smalltown melodrama. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Making Waves is...as memorable as any book that I've read in years. It is an absolute delight." (Terry Kay, author of The Runaway and To Dance With the White Dog)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401342982
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
135,261
File size:
574 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cassandra King is the author of The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls and Queen of Broken Hearts. A native of Lower Alabama, she lives in the Low Country of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy.

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Making Waves 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel for its descriptions of the town of Zion and the wonderful characters. The final chapter with its big social conscience finish didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the novel, but I've known so many older women like all the 'aunts' in the book. Read it for the enjoyable character descriptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i couldn't wait to read this because i'd liked the author's other book so well. it was very different but did not disappoint me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved falling into King's bucket of southern small time life. It was a hoot to read about Mt. Zion, and it's colorful inhabitants. At first, I thought that the ending didn't exactly fit the rest of the story, but after sleeping on the completed story, it was the perfect method to show the strength of the women living in Mt Zion. Southern women have their own tap dance to life and heaven help a person if they mess around with their family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this book for its humor and sensitivity while probing important truths. Most striking of all was the authenticity of each voice that told the story! A really good read. Would love to hear an audio version done by a real Southerner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True southern flair! Good story, but disapointing ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Cassandra's books, but this one wasn't my favorite. Wished for a different ending...