Swing Low by Miriam Toews
A Life

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...she allows him to discuss both his illness and the events that coloured it – his sister's death, his mother's drinking, his bride's veil catching fire – with a hearse-black wit and quiet wisdom. The result is a portrait that lives beyond paper.
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“Audacious,original and profoundly moving . . . . Healing is a likely outcome of a bookimbued with the righteous anger, compassion and humanity of Swing Low.”—Globe and Mail (Canada)

Reverberatingwith emotional power, authenticity, and insight, Swing Low isMiriam Toews' daring and deeply affecting memoir ofher father’s struggle with manic depression in a small Mennonite community inrural Canada. Personal and touching, a stirring counterpart to her novel IrmaVoth and reminiscent of works by Susan Cheever,Gail Caldwell, Mary Karr, and Alexandra Styron, Swing Low is an elegiacode to a difficult life by an author drawing from the deepest well of insight,craft, and emotion.

 

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Miriam Toews was born in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She has published five novels and a memoir of her father, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards in Canada, including the Governor General’s Literary Award (for A Complicated Kindness) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for The Flying Troutmans). In 2010 she received the prestigious Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for her body of work. Irma Voth is Toews’s most recent novel. She lives in Toronto.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 243 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Victoria Segal on Aug 16 2013

...she allows him to discuss both his illness and the events that coloured it – his sister's death, his mother's drinking, his bride's veil catching fire – with a hearse-black wit and quiet wisdom. The result is a portrait that lives beyond paper.

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