• Swallow



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978-1-927063-19-4 | 2012 September | 288 Pages


• Shortlisted for the 2013 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize!

You wake up, and your sister is dead.

With an absent father and a chronically ill mother, sisters Darcy and Carly Nolan were forced to rely on each other growing up. While unpredictable Carly bounced around, her life’s direction uncertain, Darcy went to university and moved to another province. When Carly unexpectedly kills herself at the age of nineteen, Darcy is left alone to carry the burden of their painful childhood memories, and to make sense of her sister’s death—as an act of destruction and misery, but also of love.

"Fearless, precise, and as quietly devastating as an undertow."
~ Naomi K. Lewis, author of I Know Who You Remind Me Of

"A deft exploration of the ways in which depression and suicide can reverberate throughout a family, Swallow is also a story of hope—a moving study of the complicated nature of love."
~ Suzette Mayr, author of Monoceros

"Theanna Bischoff finds beauty in a world where horrific things happen. With a poet's touch and a psychologist's insight, Bischoff weaves a touching and poignant tribute to sisterhood. Darcy and her sister Carly will stick with me for a very long time, as will their tale filled with heartbreak, tragedy, guilt, betrayal, culpability and (always) love."
~ Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage and The Canterbury Trail

"A beautiful tale of sisterhood and familial bonds, with the tender moments and harsh conflicts rendered all the more believable by the author's ability to craft strong dialogue."
~ Quill & Quire

"This is a novel that reads like a memoir... that is, Swallow is so real one wonders why it's labelled fiction."
~ Catherine Ford, Calgary Herald