Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story

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In a memoir that has been called "heartbreaking and heart-healing," Eleanor Vincent shares an inspiring true story of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity as she seeks to find balance after unthinkable tragedy.

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, 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.

An inspirational/motivational true story recommended for anyone who has experienced tragedy, who is grappling with traumatic experiences of the past, or who wants to better understand the strength and healing power of the human spirit.

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

A "Pick of the Month" for June 2013 from Alan Caruba, founding member of the National Book Critics Circle and author of Bookviews.

"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

"Anyone interested in memoirs in general and mother/daughter relationship in particular will find this a moving saga." Midwest Book Review

"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 find 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 and You Don't Have to Suffer

"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 Dignified

"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

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"Maya's chest rises and falls. The ventilator hisses, the computers beep, fiber optic cable snakes into her skull. I never knew love could be so big, that it could expand to allow even this. I have a premonition of lifelong grief rolling toward me, but I know that, once again, I am being asked to give my daughter her freedom." - Swimming with Maya, Chapter 3

That was the moment I realized I had no right, nor any power, to hold my daughter here. I had to let her go. I gave in to her coma and ultimate death because they were hers not mine, a destiny I could never have imagined. That moment of surrender marked me for life.

Within hours, I was told that Maya was brain dead. I was asked to donate her organs and tissues to save strangers' lives, restore their sight, or improve their mobility. I said yes. Two years later I met the man who received my daughter's heart, his wife, and two children. As I listened to Maya's heartbeat in Fernando's chest, I experienced the powerful miracle of transplantation.

I believe we read to experience life vividly. Good writing puts us inside the mind and heart of the writer, creating a world we can inhabit, a safe space to vicariously experience another's life.

Swimming with Maya is vital testimony about how losses can be healed. It shows how even the most unthinkable loss contains the seeds of healing. If we choose life over death, if we reach out to others, and if we learn not to take disaster personally, we can earn how to go on, carrying our dear ones with us, to a place of wholeness.

- Eleanor Vincent

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"An incredibly powerful book...about the pain of losing a child and what it means to be human." Nicholas, June 9, 2013

"I was so deeply drawn into this book ... I couldn't stop reading, I couldn't stop crying, I couldn't stop aching for this entire family. This book helped me realize the futility of allowing anger to roam free. Eleanor Vincent is a very wise woman ... trust in her strength ... swim along with her and Maya." Richard, Aug 11, 2013

"Excellent book full of sincere writing. The honesty and recollection of events and feelings is truly amazing. One of the best self-help books I have ever read." Nancy, Aug 7, 2013

"I thought this book might be depressing but instead it was uplifting. Very enjoyable and fast reading. Beyond the pain is joy and that is the message this book brings so well. Highly recommended." Maxie's Mom, Aug 6, 2013

"I am the daughter of a woman who received a life-saving liver transplant. Without that donor and their family, my mother wouldn't be here right now. A brave, courageous book and it deserves the full five-star rating." San Diego surfer, July 28, 2013

"Moving and important. This book is an important tribute to love, and also that of honouring life. Eleanor Vincent manages to turn a horrific loss into a celebration of life. This book is an important read for many reasons." McGuffy Ann, June 26, 2013

"I could only put this book down to wipe the tears away so I could continue reading. Thank you Eleanor for sharing your story of Maya and your family with us." Ttich2, June 2, 2013

"Honest and thought-provoking. This book is excellent for anyone who feels uncomfortable offering condolences to someone who has experienced a loss. I learned so much about the grieving process." Ma'al, May 4, 2013

"Vincent takes every parent's worst nightmare and turns it into a message of hope and healing after a tragic loss. A beautiful love story." Kathleen Pooler, May 27, 2013

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