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Swimming with Maya
     

Swimming with Maya

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by Eleanor Vincent
 

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Previously available only in hardcover, Swimming with Maya demonstrates the remarkable process of healing after the traumatic death of a loved one. Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Maya, the eldest, was a high-spirited and gifted young woman. As a toddler, Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity.

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Previously available only in hardcover, Swimming with Maya demonstrates the remarkable process of healing after the traumatic death of a loved one. Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Maya, the eldest, was a high-spirited and gifted young woman. As a toddler, Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity. As a teenager, Maya was energetic and independent – and often butted heads with her mother. But Eleanor and Maya were always close and connected, like best friends or sisters, but always also mother and daughter.

Then at age 19, Maya mounts a horse bareback as a dare and, in a crushing cantilever fall, is left in a coma from which she will never recover. Eleanor’s life is turned upside down as she struggles to make the painful decision about Maya’s fate.

Ultimately Eleanor chooses to donate Maya’s organs. Years later, she is able to hear Maya’s heart beat in the chest of the heart recipient. Along the way, Eleanor re-examines her relationship with her daughter, as well as Eleanor’s traumatic life as a child and young woman. In a story that has been called "heartbreaking and heart-healing," Eleanor Vincent illuminates the kind of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity it takes to find one’s balance after unthinkable tragedy.

Praise for Swimming with Maya:

"Vincent's poignant decision to donate Maya's organs will resonate with even hard-boiled readers." Booklist

"Powerful prose with a meaningful and memorable message." Lee Gutkind, Founder, Creative Nonfiction Magazine

"An important addition to the literature of loss and restoration." Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

"Heartbreaking and heart healing, this compelling story of surviving the death of a child will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book." Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal and The Human Line

"Every reader who has had to deal with traumatic loss will ?nd wisdom and healing in these brave pages." Chana Bloch, author of Mrs. Dumpty and Blood Honey

"Riveting, poignant, and utterly honest... It shows that one can recover from the loss of a child." Judy Tatelbaum, author of The Courage to Grieve

"Eleanor Vincent chronicles her grief and the healing that came with helping others." Carol Lin, CNN

"Blows the reader away with its clarity, its unstinting honesty, and the searing accuracy of its vision of the medical and emotional complexity surrounding the tragic death of a young woman. Highly recommended." John Ruark, MD, FACP, author of Dying Digni?ed

"Thoughtful, honest and beautifully written… a fabulous story about what it means to be a mother." Wendy Lichtman, author of Blew and the Death of the Mag and Secrets, Lies and Algebra

"Life trumps death in this beautiful memoir." Linda Joy Myers, author of Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness and Power of Memoir

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988439047
Publisher:
Dream of Things
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
1,241,677
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Swimming with Maya 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Swimming with Maya is a heartbreaking story, but also one of survival after grief. I found the writing easy to follow. Once I started the book, it was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a touching story about a mother's love and loss. I fell like a better person for having read it.
EG678 More than 1 year ago
A touching story and a darn good book. It shows us how to turn loss into inspiration.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
When a book brings you to tears, you know the writer has pulled you into her words, and with Eleanor she pulls you into her story. I longed for Eleanor through having to tell her daughter’s story. It made me understand how my own Aunt must have went through when she buried her own son. I could never imagine the pain, the questions, or the emotions one might feel, but Eleanor captured just that. One part of the book that caught my attention, was when she was giving away Maya’s shoes and the girl tried them on then walked to make sure they fit. After the girl left Eleanor could still hear the sound of Maya’s feet. I would never have thought about that, and I can imagine that would be hard on any parent to witness, especially with coming to the realization their child just passed away. While getting further into the book, the book starts focusing more on the mother though, and I really wish it would have focused more on Maya: her childhood, laughter, the things she did, what she accomplished, etc. Overall is was an okay book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written mother's story, sharing her experience with uncertainty, loss, grief, and recovery. As a pediatric former ICU nurse who did transplant work, I recognized so many elements of the story, and their accurate portrayal. Her candor can be painful to read, but she takes the hit for single mothers everywhere who worry about failing their children in ways large or small, simply by being human.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking read for any parent but brings to light the gifts of organ donation. Beautifully written from Eleanor's heart and soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started and had to finish in one fell swoop. I think this book should be one everyone Must Read list. It helped me and my mom's been dead for over thirty years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and so touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had this book in my nook library for sometime. I was looking for something to read and decided to finally read it. Any of us could or have gone through the same grief. This book told an entire story of a woman's life before and after the loss of her oldest daughter, how she grew from one stage to another. Loss is something we all must deal with at one time or another, so a good read for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very raw and gripping account of what the loss of a loved one forces a family, and mother, to face. Although the author's honesty about the heartwrenching grief she suffered made it hard to read at times, I couldn't put the book down. I am truly amazed by the author's writing ability and the amount of courage she must possess to publish the details of such a personal and difficult time in her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, emotionally raw and honest, and a beautiful memoir.
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JBernardo More than 1 year ago
Eleanor Vincent wrote a memoir of her life that mirrored my grief as well. I was interested in reading it because of that. I also lost a daughter to a brain injury. I wanted to see how she got on with her life. It was also exceptionally well written. It was a bittersweet, loving tribute to her daughter that I wish I could write for mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My heart just broke for Eleanor with the tragic loss of her child. I have never cried so much or felt so connected to someones story. God Bless Eleanor, may our ever loving lord continue to give her strength and a long over due sense of peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing. If you have ever lost a loved one, this book will hit home.
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I would rate this book 4 stars because it is not the best book out there but it is still a pretty good book. I also like the author and the other books she has written. If you people are reading this comment, then this book is heartbreaking and it is still a good book. Two in one!
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Very touching i like books lik this alot of moching ;)