Today’s Book of the Day is a Memoir by award-winning author Eleanor Vincent and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Swimming with Maya has a 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!
“Courage, tenacity, love. Those are the words that come to mind after reading this book.” Birdie – Amazon Reviewer
Swimming with Maya
by Eleanor Vincent
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Memoirs and Biographies
Price: $0.99 save $2
Award-Winning Author 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.
Here’s what the reviewers have to say:
Wow!! Eleanor Vincent hit it out of the park with this one!! What a well written and amazing biography/memoir. Her telling of the tragic loss of her oldest child and her journey through grief via multiple means of growth are gripping and powerful.
This book is about our human strength to find meaning in a life struck by a great blow. It offers each of us hope in the resilience of the human spirit. Vincent deftly creates the details that illuminated the characters and scenes in this book. I know readers will be touched and given strength.
Raw. Honest. Painful to read. Psychologically intense yet informative. How Eleanor Vincent relived her story to share it with others is an amazing feat. Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story is Eleanor Vincent’s recounting of the tragic death of her daughter, Maya.
I absolutely loved this book. The author, Ms. Vincent, tells her story in such a truthful, raw manner that it is difficult not to empathize with her. I was so touched by this book and how beautifully it was written that even through tears and sobs I could not put the book down. The book is filled with emotion and vivid details of Maya’s life and Ms. Vincent’s coping with her loss.
This is an amazing book about a topic that I normally would not want to read about —the loss of a child. But Vincent’s writing is so compelling that the extraordinary circumstances are made not only real, but riveting.
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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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