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Posted October 2, 2009
THIS PROBABLY THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! I READ IT IN JUST HALF A DAY AND I JUST COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. IT IS JUST AN AMAZING BOOK AND EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD READ IT!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2008
An American Dream Deferred
One minute a mother is relishing the swishing sound of a wedding dress in anticipation of her daughter's wedding. Almost the next minute, it seems, she is mourning the death of that same daughter to horrific addiction and overdose of heroin. It's enough to make her imagine that a ornament-less, six-foot Christmas tree is the perfect size of a heroin dealer which she attacks with unmitigated rage. Words can't describe the cycles of mourning, so aptly described years ago by Kubler-Ross, that consume the being of this mother who was so intimately involved in her daughter's life, as every loving mother would be. But far fewer mothers have had to do deal with the agony and hope of a daughter in rehabilitation, a process given attention in phone calls and Maria's letters from both jail and rehab center. One particularly startling section describes the cold, clinical and heartless treatment Maria's mother received at the hospital where Maria was taken after her overdose. It's impossible to excuse this lack of sensitivity and Maria's mother aptly also describes her reactions to it in a letter composed to the staff of that hospital. The words penned by Ms. Mutino and Maria's friends will poignantly touch the reader's heart but also leave them with the many questions such a death leaves behind, like the destruction wreaked by a horrific storm. The literate quality of this account sets it apart from the multitude of other accounts, with poetry such as 'Heroin and the Livid Lie,' in whith the author describes the process and aftermath of this insidious, consuming killer, '...My bare feet / tiptoe thorugh your psyche... / I am hungry / but you don't feed me.... / Abandoned, / I die inside you...' Swish: Maria in the Mourning is quite simply unforgettable! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 18, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2008
The loss of a daughter¿
Pamela Palmoer Mutino shares the story of her daughter. Mutino wants readers to know that Maria was more than an addict. She was intelligent, witty, and beautiful. She was loved. I can only imagine the pain and horror that Pamela Palmer Mutino is experiencing. She cleverly demonstrates how addiction does not only affect the addict but everyone around the addict. SWISH: Maria In The Mourning is beautifully written with the strong emotional voice that comes from a parent¿s love. This is a must read for all parents.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2008
Do Tuxedos Swish Too?
I've never written a review before, but felt compelled to after reading this book. However, I cannot even find the right words to say though. Nothing seems appropriate. I cannot say outstanding or awesome. I could say heart wrenching but that is a given. To lose a child is not the norm. Hopefully this book that comes from the heart with pain that swells right through the pages will get around enough.........enough so people will understand the agonizing torture parents go through when you lose a child to drugs. When you try and try and the disease is too strong for you or them. My wish is for the stigma of this disease to go away and people treat these children as if they were sick with an illness just like any other illness. Hopefully, one day all people in this world that we live in will come to understand this insidious disease..... understand as I do, because I'll never know if tuxedos swish too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2008
Parallel Journey Through Time and Eternity
Author Pam Mutino's story is told in mental imagery, poetic emotion--and bitter reality. Her creative use of dual symbollisms chronicles the saga of her only daughter's lost battle with heroin that profoundly moves the reader. Her juxtaposition of Maria's descending the staircase in their home wearing a wedding gown and then her being carried down while covered on a coroner's gurney, is powerful, leaving the reader astounded. The book is packed with pretty color photos and individual tributes from Maria's family and friends. The story simultaneously weaves a tale of what should have been and what could have been, but who can say for sure, that on some level, somewhere, it isn't....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.