One morning Miriam Toews’ father, Mel 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. In Swing Low: A Life, Miriam gracefully and compassionately recounts her father’s battle with mental illness in a moving meditation on illness, family, faith, and love.
Praise for Swing Low:
“Miriam Toews’ memoir of her father’s troubled life is audacious, original and profoundly moving. . . . A deeply affecting work. . . . This is a document for the living, and its virtues are more than literary; healing is a likely outcome of a book imbued with the righteous anger, compassion and humanity of Swing Low.”—The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“Toews’ novelistic skills are richly apparent in her evocative characterizations and in the deft drama of the narrative. . . . A profoundly affecting book.”—Toronto Star
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