Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn
A Memoir

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When Laura Flynn was a little girl, her beautiful, dynamic mother, Sally, was the center of her imagination. It wasn’t long, however, before Sally’s fun-loving side slowly and methodically became absorbed by madness. As Laura’s parents divorced and her father struggled to gain custody, Sally’s symptoms bloomed in earnest while Laura and her sisters united in flights of fancy of the sort their mother taught them so that they might deflect the danger threatening their fragile family.
Set in 1970s San Francisco, Swallow the Ocean is redolent with place. In luminous prose, this memoir paints a most intimate portrait of what might have been a catastrophic childhood had Laura and her sisters not been resilient and determined enough to survive their environment even as they yearned to escape it.

About Laura M. Flynn

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A native of San Francisco, Laura Flynn currently teaches writing at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband.
Published March 1, 2009 by Counterpoint. 297 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Reconstructing the familial tensions she witnessed as a child, Flynn shows her beautiful, intelligent mother slowly succumbing to a mental illness that led her to believe she played a pivotal role in the battle between good and evil.

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A strong, touching memoir that conveys the tedium of a child's helplessness and the agonizing wait for someone to come to the rescue.

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The event is free and open to the public and is cosponsered by nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness) As the book began, Laura's mother, Sally didn't seem so bad. She loved her daughters and her husband, had a few eccentric habits like reading about the paranormal, and medit...

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Imagine the story set in 1970's San Francisco and three young sisters, 8 year old Laura, her older sister Sara and Amy, the youngest, raised by their beautiful, vulnerable and tragic mother Sally, their childhood filled with travel and doll games, but always framed by their mother's mental illnes...

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