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: 15/08/2013
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9780571278695