Swimming with Maya

Swimming with Maya

by Eleanor Vincent

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BN ID: 2940016425542
Publisher: Dream of Things
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 221,928
File size: 696 KB

About the Author

Eleanor Vincent is an award-winning writer whose debut memoir, Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story was nominated for the Independent Publisher Book Award and has been reissued by Dream of Things press. She writes about love, loss, and grief recovery with a special focus on the challenges and joys of raising children at any age.

Called "engaging" by Booklist, Swimming with Maya chronicles the life and death of Eleanor's nineteen-year-old daughter, Maya, who was thrown from a horse and pronounced brain-dead at the hospital. Eleanor donated her daughter's organs to critically ill patients and poignantly describes her friendship with a middle-aged man who was the recipient of Maya's heart.

Since the initial publication of Swimming with Maya in 2004, Eleanor has been a national spokesperson on grief recovery and organ donation and been interviewed on radio and television programs around the country.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.

Her essays appear in the anthologies At the End of Life: True Stories about How we Die (edited by Lee Gutkind); This I Believe: On Motherhood; and Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs. They celebrate the unique and complicated bonds between mothers and daughters, making hard decisions as a parent - whether your child is 14 or 40 - and navigating midlife transitions with grace and authenticity.

She lives in Oakland, California.

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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 ;)