Mary Swann is the story of four individuals who become entwined in the life of Mary Swann, a rural Canadian poet whose authentic and unique voice is discovered only hours before her husband brutally murders her. Who is Mary Swann? And how could she have produced these works of genius in almost complete isolation? Mysteriously, all traces of Swann’s existence—her notebook, the first draft of her work, even her photograph—gradually vanish in this engrossing novel exploring the surprising afterlife of a murdered poet. Full of mischief, Mary Swann is a novel about life, death, and the ideas that live on after us.
Carol Shields (1935–2003) was an award-winning American-born Canadian author. She is acclaimed for her empathetic and witty… read more
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Praise for Mary Swann
‘One of the best novels I have read… deft, funny, poignant, surprising and beautifully shaped-in total command of itself and its language.’ —MARGARET ATWOOD
‘A spicily witty tale of literary malarkey’ —The Sunday Times