Swing Low : A Life, Paperback


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9780571278695



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