Published books

The Oyster Singer
Great Storms of the Jersey Shore
The Sound of One Hand

The Oyster Singer
the oyster singer, by Larry Savadove
A novel by Larry Savadove
Published by Down the Shore Publishing
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Excerpts from reviews in The Press of Atlantic City; The Asbury Park Press; The Newark Star-Ledger; The SandPaper, the Beachcomber, the Times-Beacon, all of Ocean County; the Cape May Gazette; the Echo Sentinel of Monmouth; New Jersey Monthly Magazine; Philadelphia Magazine; and Boating World.

“(His) style is graceful and fluid and precise – indeed, at times even hypnotizing.”

“His writing is like down-home talking.”
“When you’re on the water with one of his characters you can almost feel the sway of the bay beneath the beam.”

“The novel is not merely an examination of society’s exiles but a celebration of them.”

“Unusual as applied to (his characters) is a thoroughly understated descriptive.”

“A work that is both laugh-aloud funny and profoundly moving.”

“Wonderful… to be savored.”

“A treat… beautifully written.”

“Rich character development, good storytelling and interesting twists on things you thought you knew about the Jersey shore.”

“Reminiscent of Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News.”

“The inhabitants of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row would feel at home in Mud City.”

Great Storms of the
Jersey Shore

Great Storms of the Jersey Shore
By Larry Savadove and
Margaret Thomas Buchholz
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And the critics said:

"As much an adventure story as it is a scientific chronicle of natural disasters.”  --Barbara Bogaev, WHYY-FM Philadelphia

“One of the best-documented compendiums ever published of what it meant to be there.”  –Shirley Horner, The New York Times

"It should be required reading.”  --Dr. Robert C. Sheets, Director, National Hurricane Center

"A terrific job of chronicling the devastation and rebirth that has marked the shore’s history.”  –Thomas Kean, President, Drew University; New Jersey Governor

"It startles, intrigues, challenges the imagination, commands attention.”  --John T. Cunningham, author; NJ historian

"It is simply one of the best weather books I have ever read.”  --Richard DeAngelis, Editor, Mariner’s Weather Log (NOAA)

"Really scary and thought provoking.”  --Leland Stanford, former Civil Defense and Disaster Control Coordinator

"A human tapestry of loss, heroics and, most important, the resilience of the human spirit.”  --William Bonelli, The North Jersey Herald and News

“If you want to work up a cold sweat… I recommend you pick up a copy.”  --Clark DeLeon, The Philadelphia Inquirer

From the forward by U.S. Senator Bill Bradley: " It is evocative, gritty, beautiful, a rare historical record of some of nature’s greatest moments.”


The Sound of
One Hand
The Sound of One Hand, by Laurence Savadove
By Laurence D. Savadove

Copies can be found at here.


Excerpt from the Sunday New York Times book review by Faubion Bowers;

I, for one, and many people in my acquaintance, have long been waiting for Laurence Savadove’s “The Sound of One Hand.” What a heap of other books about Japan have suggested , Mr. Savadove presents with knowledgeable straightforwardness. He out-Micheners Michener a hundredfold, and the result is the best novel about Japan I have ever read. Not that “The Sound of One Hand” is a masterpiece – it is a good story well told… It is extraordinary that such a book has been so long in coming.


“Mr. Savadove here gives us a story of intelligent Americans faced with the complexity of modern Japan. It is filled with delicate word pictures describing the setting and a human understanding of his young countrymen faced with customs and ways which appear so different. Though primarily telling a story, Mr. Savadove goes far to explain the fascination that Japan has held for Americans since World War II.”
John Howes, American Director, International House, Tokyo


This sensitive novel skillfully explores the motivations of an American expatriate who has elected to live in Japan after the occupation years… This, his first novel, suggests much of the Japanese mood as well as the suspense that we in the west expect in good writing.”
Douglas W. Overton, Executive Director, The Japan Society


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