May 15, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0773732314
ISBN - 13: 9780773732315
From the Publisher
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.
From Our Editors
Speaking in the voice of her deceased father, Miriam Toews recounts a lifelong battle with depression that led to his eventual suicide in Swing Low. Mel Toews was a bubbly, creative and talkative teacher in Manitoba, who privately struggled with depression and personal torment. He chronicles his experiences, as Miriam imagines he would have told them, in this heartwarming tale of life on the prairies. Miriam Toews is the author of A Boy of Good Breeding, which won the McNally Robinson Award and Summer of My Amazing Luck, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour.
If you know anyone who suffers from depression, you should read this book. Toews gives wonderful insight on the life of her father who lived his life while being a manic depressant. Toews speaks in her father's voice, giving the reader real insight. This is the story of a man who struggled through life, excelling as a teacher and father. As his life drew to a close he felt as if he has done nothing worthwhile. This book was the author's chance to prove her father wrong. One of the best biographies I have ever read. I would recommend it to everyone.