Waving Backwards

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Waving Backwards

A Savannah Novel

V.L. Brunskill



Imagine not knowing who you are, until you find yourself in a statue 800 miles from home.

Join intensely passionate and fiercely independent New York college student Lara Bonavito on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery in sigh-worthy Savannah, Georgia. Adopted into an abusive and impoverished home, Lara’s quest to find her roots lands her in the Southern jewel’s historic district. A vivid cast of characters help her unravel clues found in a cryptic letter hidden in the family bible for two decades.

“The baby’s roots are with the Southern lady who waves forever.”

With the help of mischievously handsome trolley tour guide Robert Taylor, Kipling-quoting florist Abel Bloom, and comically outspoken Louisiana beauty Susan Fletcher, Lara uncovers family secrets wrapped in the mystique of Savannah’s Waving Girl statue.

Waving Backwards is a coming-of-age quest that reveals the healing power of family bonds and maternal love.

"Searching is difficult.
Finding is life-altering."

- V.L. Brunskill



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  • 5
    A good mystery, well written

    Posted by Pat Stanford on 4th Sep 2018

    This well written novel has all the elements of a good mystery: a cryptic note with clues to her birth mother sends Lara to Savannah, Georgia in search of her roots; a secret drawer in a desk with some of the answers, and justice for a woman found in an old camera in the form of pictures of her as the crime was committed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.

  • 5
    A crackling good read!

    Posted by Jaeme H on 6th Mar 2017

    From the first few lines of visceral dialog, Brunskill pulls you immediately into the story of Lara's search for identity. Starting with the blank page that is her life, we discover Lara as she discovers herself. The author transforms the sunny, touristy city of Savannah setting into a dark, complex backdrop that is as electrifying as anything from the scenes of such film noir classics such as Casablanca or in the chilling pages of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil. The characters Lara comes across are both menacing and intriguing. The story of her search for a mother she never knew evolves into a labyrinth of increasing intensity. Anyone who has struggled with obscure family genealogy with definitely identify with the highs and lows of Lara's research. It all rings true and is a thrilling chase to boot.

  • 5
    Entertaining and informative

    Posted by Mary K on 22nd Jul 2015

    Waving Backwards is a wonderful story of young adopted woman searching for her birth family. Her search takes her to Savannah and to sites that every visitor needs to see. The author creates memorable but realistic characters including some colorful personalities that one does finds in Savannah. As I read Lara’s story, I developed an improved understanding of why adoptees need to search for their birth families. This book is an entertaining and informative read.