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Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir

Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir

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by Laura M. Flynn
     
 

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When Laura Flynn was a little girl, her beautiful, dynamic mother, Sally, was the center of her imagination. It wasn’t long, however, before Sally’s fun-loving side slowly and methodically became absorbed by madness. As Laura’s parents divorced and her father struggled to gain custody, Sally’s symptoms bloomed in earnest while Laura and her

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When Laura Flynn was a little girl, her beautiful, dynamic mother, Sally, was the center of her imagination. It wasn’t long, however, before Sally’s fun-loving side slowly and methodically became absorbed by madness. As Laura’s parents divorced and her father struggled to gain custody, Sally’s symptoms bloomed in earnest while Laura and her sisters united in flights of fancy of the sort their mother taught them so that they might deflect the danger threatening their fragile family.
Set in 1970s San Francisco, Swallow the Ocean is redolent with place. In luminous prose, this memoir paints a most intimate portrait of what might have been a catastrophic childhood had Laura and her sisters not been resilient and determined enough to survive their environment even as they yearned to escape it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582433851
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is a story of schizophrenia. The mother slowly sinks into her mental illness - paranoid schizophrenia, and her husband and daughters are caught in the turmoil of the illness. This memoir is scary but caring also. The author, the middle daughter, is torn because of her love of her mother. This is an excellent memoir. The book includes the story of the father fight to help his children and his wife, the three daughters helping and supporting each other, the dangers they faced as a family, the damage done from mental illness, and much more. This book deserves an A++++++
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I am going into my Freshmen year and i was required to read this for the summer. I dont have very good comphrenshion, so i found myself rereading alot. I enjoied listening to Laura's story though andi reccomend it for a older crowd.
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Resilence, hope, and love are the hallmarks of Flynn's powerful memoir - A must read!
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I love to read memoirs but rarely feel such a bond to the characters as I did to these three girls. I just feel such an immense respect for how all three girls got on with their lives and became such strong adults after living such a horrific childhood. I think their father's immense love, along with their stepmother, is what made all the difference. And I do believe that underneath their mother's sickness was a woman who did care about her girls, especially before she really lost touch with reality. I just have to say I am so full of respect for Laura and her sisters. The girl's lives were so sad as children, but they had an amazing tenacity and will to survive. I'll never forget their story- it deeply touched me. A MUST read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this book seems odd but once you read the book the title then makes perfect sense. This is a great book. If you like memoirs you will love this book. Laura did an outstanding job of describing the events to the point that I felt like I was actually there witnessing her childhood as it was happening. It was definitely a book I didn't want to put down, or want to end. I felt emotionally attached while reading it. I was so attached that I literally cried during the last pages. My heart felt so heavy for the Laura and her sisters, but mostly for Laura. She carried the burden of being loyal to her mother who was mentally unable to be a nuturing mother. A mother that every child is entitled to. Laura loves her Mom but she clearly sees the situation for what it is and doesn't expect anymore than her Mother is able to give, which is minimal at best. This is a book I will read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the review in the Mpls Star Tribune. The first thing that struck me upon looking at the book in the bookstore was the author's picture. There is an obvious vulnerability in her eyes and I knew the book would be worth reading based upon that alone. The writing is outstanding and the story is increasingly sad because of her mother's illness. However, Flynn tells the story in a way that is inspired and important. I was moved by her resiliency in the face of so much angst and her continued love for a mother who was not there for her. I loved how she derived at the title-always a dilemma for writers and I was thinking about this memoir for days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first two days the book was in my house, I lost it to my wife, who read it straight threw. Then I couldn't put it down. For such a subject that can be so heavy, the writing is very easy to sink into and enjoy. I also grew up with a parent who was mentally ill for many years. This book found an approach to talking about growing up with a mentally ill parent that was just the right balance of directly looking at what is painful and lightness. The author can sometimes takes a refreshing birds-eye view, while also noticing intimate, specific details of family life. I found reading it to be very life-affirming.