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Swimming Solo Paperback – January 12, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading this book was not a "downer" (though this saga of elder-care has its excruciating moments). Rather, this is a lovingly recounted, intertwined story of the decline of four beloved elderly parents. Each chapter draws from the deep background of their actual lives, in order to communicate best the drama of irredeemable loss, as each is abruptly or slowly ravaged by mental and physical disabilities.
Susan Rava has a gift for relating carefully chosen details that illumine rather than clutter the flowing narrative, with insights along the way that will not be forgotten.
At the end, the reader feels as though--if you didn't actually know these people, you wish you had.
Isabel Anders is the author of Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples and co-author of Chant of Death with Diane Marquart Moore.
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Susan Rava's descriptions and stories are entertaining, and the relationships are vividly depicted, particularly Susan's relationship with her father. As we draw near to the end of his life, it's hard to avoid a tear or two. Although the narrative is at times harrowing, it is never mawkish.
There are moments of much humour to enjoy such as the wonderful incident with Reba, Susan's mother's nursing home helper who refused to put up with her cat, the story of Susan's husband's trip to Italy to accompany his father's coffin for the funeral in Venice, etc.
This book is packed with information you pick up unwittingly - you are given the author's route-map on what to do as the disease strikes (such as the need for care plans, meetings, scripts), so I can see `Swimming Solo' as a teaching tool, with the practical help list of resources in the last sections: Organisations and Books and the `Discussion Guide'. Swimming Solo
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A harrowing and sad story of illness and loss in the family. It deals with some of the overwhelming challenges of elder care and end of life issues in an open and courageous way.Published on July 7, 2014 by Read More Books
This is a beautifully written book and a heartbreaking, but yet at times uplifting, story by a talented author. It's a realistic look at Alzheimer's disease.Published on February 3, 2013 by number one meemaw
Susan Rava is first and foremost a writer. Her gift is beautifully enhanced by her combination of love, respect and honesty as she tells of the harrowing 14 years that she and... Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by mlt
"I don't read sad books" says one of the characters in Swimming Solo ... and neither do I. A book about Alzheimer's disease is not a topic I would expect to find compelling. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Peggy Guest
Swimming Solo paints a touching and poignant picture of four old parents as they fade from vibrant adults into their own difficult Alzheimer's worlds. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Ellen