Swing Low

Miriam Toews

Swing Low by Miriam Toews is an absorbing and imaginative memoir of manic depression by one of Canada’s bestselling authors.

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One morning Mel Toews put on his coat and hat and walked out of town, prepared to die. A loving husband and father, faithful member of the Mennonite church, and immensely popular schoolteacher, he was a pillar of his close-knit community. Yet after a lifetime of struggle, he could no longer face the darkness of manic depression.

With razor-sharp precision,Swing Low tells his story in his own voice, taking us deep inside the experience of despair. But it is also a funny, winsome evocation of country life: growing up on farm, courting a wife, becoming a teacher, and rearing a happy, strong family in the midst of private torment.

A humane, inspiring story of a remarkable man, father, and teacher.


Miriam Toews is the author of seven novels:¬†Summer of My¬†Amazing Luck,¬†A Boy of Good Breeding,¬†A Complicated Kindness,¬†The¬†Flying Troutmans,¬†Irma Voth,¬†All My Puny Sorrows,¬†and¬†Women Talking,¬†and one work of non-fiction,¬†Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General‚Äôs Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers‚Äô Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust…

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