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eBook Swimming With Maya: A Mother's Story (Capital Discovery) download ISBN: 1931868344
Author: Eleanor Vincent
Publisher: CAPITAL VA; First Edition edition (2004)
Language: English
Pages: 320
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Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent while fighting her way toward a writing career. Vincent's own story of growing up in an abusive home is interwoven with Maya's childhood.

Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent while fighting her way toward a writing career. 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. A cherished child in whom her mother confides and seeks advice, long before she should have asked this of her daughter, Maya also challenges her mother, drinks too much, ignores curfew, undergoes an abortion when she is fifteen.

Swimming with Maya book. Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story is Eleanor Vincent's recounting of the tragic death of her daughter, Maya. From Vincent's vivid descriptions of Maya, the reader meets a beautiful young woman with her future waiting to be fulfilled. On the brink of entering UCLA on a full scholarship to the Theater Arts Program.

Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent while . A story about the unique and complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, Swimming with Maya celebrates how that relationship continues to exist beyond the grave.

Find books like Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story from the world’s largest community of readers. Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Shelve Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story.

Eleanor Vincent's biographical novel, Swimming with Maya, sweeps the reader beyond trauma-to the drama of self discovery. Ms. Vincent forges her own balance from the crucible of a parent's most devastating and most joyful experiences. She shows us that meaning can be mined from shocking loss.

But Eleanor and Maya were always close and connected, like best friends or sisters, but always also mother . Praise for Swimming with Maya:"Vincent's poignant decision to donate Maya's organs will resonate with even hard-boiled readers

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. 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.

Swimming with Maya - Eleanor Vincent. Special gratitude to my agent Laurie Harper, who believed in me, in the story that had to be told, and in the future of this book. For Meghan, the heart and soul of everything, there are no words. And for Sarah Scott Davis who gave her all to me and to the unflinching telling of this tale-honey, you rock!

Eleanor Vincent goes into painful detail discussing her relationships with her own parents, loves in her life, and her often turbulent relationship with Maya. She tells of the difficulties in raising Maya and her sister.

Eleanor Vincent goes into painful detail discussing her relationships with her own parents, loves in her life, and her often turbulent relationship with Maya. None of this was easy on the author, or those involved. When Maya is injured in a fall from a horse, she is hospitalized in a coma. This book is an important tribute to love, and also that of honouring life.

Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Ultimately Eleanor chooses to donate Maya's organs Books related to Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story. As a toddler, Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity. Ultimately Eleanor chooses to donate Maya's organs. Years later, in one of the most poignant moments you will ever read about, Eleanor has the opportunity to hear her daughter's heart beat in the chest of the heart recipient. Along the way, Eleanor re-examines her relationship with her daughter, as well as the experiences that shaped Eleanor as a woman and as a mother to Maya. Books related to Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story.

Eleanor Vincent’s memoir, Swimming with Maya, is a New York Times e-book bestseller that explores love, loss, and resilience following the death of her daughter. Medium member since August 2019.

Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent while fighting her way toward a writing career. 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. Eleanor tells the story of how Maya went careening down a hill on her tricycle only to tumble onto the ground, then spring back up and do it again. As a teenager, Maya was energetic and possessed a strong streak of independence. She butted heads with her mother as she strove to find her path in life. But one thing was always clear, the close and connected relationship between Eleanor and Maya. They were like best friends or sisters, but always also mother and daughter.At age 19, Maya mounted a horse bareback as a dare and in a crushing cantilever fall, was left in a coma from which she would never recover. Eleanorâ?™s life was turned upside down as she struggled to make the painful decision about Mayaâ?™s fate. Ultimately she chose to donate Mayaâ?™s organs. Mayaâ?™s heart was given to a man with a young family who needed a new heart to live. As time went by, Eleanor contacted and struck up a friendship with the heart recipient and his family. A story about the unique and complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, Swimming with Maya celebrates how that relationship continues to exist beyond the grave. In vivid language, Eleanor Vincent illuminates the kind of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity it takes to find oneâ?™s balance after such an overwhelming blow.
Comments: (7)
Cobyno
As a single mother after my husband died - my boys had just turned seven and eleven - I identified with Eleanor Vincent's feeling that she had to control everything, and thus, ultimately, hold herself responsible when things go wrong . . . in her case, horribly wrong.

Her older daughter, Maya, dies at the age of nineteen following a freak accident. Had she given her daughter too much freedom, had her lessons that life is about risk-taking and following your dreams resulted in Maya's death? A moment's desire to jump on a horse bareback; the horse rears, Maya is thrown to the ground, her skull split open and with it Vincent's own life is forever riven in two.

Swimming With Maya is a page turner of a memoir. The story is rich, exploring the assorted layers that comprise grief, the parent-child relationship, and the hardships facing a single mother.

Vincent writes: "Maya was the love of my life and my best friend." It is this candor that makes this memoir so haunting. But ours is not to question why the young are taken so unforgivingly . . . or is it? The job of the memoirist is to explore the rocky terrain of our lives and how our decisions and choices directly impact those we love.

Vincent's own story of growing up in an abusive home is interwoven with Maya's childhood. A cherished child in whom her mother confides and seeks advice, long before she should have asked this of her daughter, Maya also challenges her mother, drinks too much, ignores curfew, undergoes an abortion when she is fifteen. Just when she is accepted to UCLA and about to step out and realize her dream of becoming an actress, the beautiful blond daughter that has been Vincent's life dies tragically, suddenlyn in an open field on a warm April afternoon. Her last words to her mother: "Bye Mom! Have a good day."

As Vincent's grief deepens, so does introspection about life and death, resurrection and redemption. This is also a story of organ donation. Vincent makes the decision to donate her daughter's organs. Maya's heart beats within the chest of a Chilean businessman whom Vincent longs to have a relationship with if for no other reason than Maya "lives" within him.

Vincent considers suicide, rails against God, and rails against Maya for her impulsivity, rails against herself. More soul searching ensues when she is asked to let her younger daughter, Meghan, go "trusting that, unlike her sister, she will return to me. With one side of my heart, I want to help and protect her, but the other side tells me to support her freedom. My job description as a mother has radically changed - I have to let her test her own wings . . . I latch onto the deeper truths about my old nemesis, control, and about learning to let go."

But can we ever truly let go of our children? What is our role as parent? What makes for good parenting? Have we resolved our own childhood hurts? These are the questions the reader must ponder in Swimming With Maya.

As the memoir ends twenty years after Maya's death, Vincent eloquently writes: "I feel Maya with me tonight. I can only speculate about her life now, but I often sense it deeply, its ongoing current and the way it interlaces with mine, sometimes submerged, then flowing close to my heart, jolting me awake - again with fierce love. Maya swims eternally back and forth in me."
6snake6
I rate Swimming with Maya at 3 stars. It is saved from getting only 1 star because the author writes a good story in an interesting, engaging manner. The book fails in its content. I expected a story about a mother's relationship with her daughter and her grieving process after her daughter died. I wanted to get to know Maya through her mother's memories of her, but there is very little about Maya as a person (other than to present a sense of her free-spirited independence) and very little about their relationship as mother and daughter. There is significant content about her grieving process, but I found it difficult to have much empathy for her. She was from time to time in denial; she second-guessed her decision to donate Maya's organs; she joined a support group; she sought psychological therapy; but she never seemed to really work through her grieving process. Along the way, the story became less about her grief in the loss of her daughter and more about her childhood, her dysfunctional lesbian mother and homosexual father, and her own promiscuous background as a young adult. I wondered how she could so openly reveal these details about her life and her own poor choices of behavior for her younger daughter, Meghan, to read. It seemed also that Meghan was pretty much left to cope on her own except for on special occasions; she just didn't seem to matter as much to Eleanor as did her deceased daughter, Maya. My other problem with this book is the application of the author's metaphysical, new age spirituality beliefs. The consequences of her beliefs alternated between helping her come to terms with Maya's death and, on the other hand, contributing to her inability to cope. The erroneous spiritual concepts that are part of this belief system is troublesome for anyone who is a Christian.
JoJolar
Although I have never lost a child, this book is a gut wrenching account of a mother's decision to allow her daughter's organs to be donated to save the lives of others. She shares intimate details of her child's life and her death. Eleanor Vincent is truly an inspiration for anyone who questions whether organ donation is for themselves or for a loved one. I've always been on the fence about having to make such a difficult decision, but I now feel quite differently regarding the topic. I couldn't help reaching out to my own children to tell them how much I love them and the pride I feel when I think about what wonderful, confident and loving adults they are now. I have no doubt that the more people who read this profoundly emotional account of the painful loss of her daughter Maya, the possibility for others to decide to bestow the gift of life through organ donation as Ms. Vincent did, has got to persuade countless many to follow suit. I hope to never have to make such a decision, but if faced with the need, knowing that a piece of a loved one will continue to live has got to make a difference. I'd never realized how organ donation not only affects all the recipients, but many, many of those who are blessed to have much more time with their loved ones. Eleanor Vincent tells her story with such raw emotion while revealing details that very few people are capable of even considering. Thank you Ms. Vincent for sharing your pain, your courage and most of all, both of your beautiful daughters with everyone who reads your heartfelt story.