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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
p>"You wake up, and your sister is dead." With an absent father and their mother constantly ill, 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 fell in love, went to University, and moved to another province. When nineteen-year-old Carly unexpectedly kills hersel ...more
Published January 1st 2012 by NeWest Press
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Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book sitting on the new arrival shelf at the National Library and Archives of Quebec on one gorgeous Sunday. I was taking my sister there; another one of my attempts to try and get her to like books… (Mission failed, but I won’t give up.) The beautiful cover caught my eye, and then the title, so simple, Swallow.

I had never heard of the author, Theanna Bischoff, but when I saw she was a Canadian author, I couldn’t resist and check it out from the library, even though I have a mounta
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book quotes Angie Abdou, and she says "A touching and poignant tribute to sisterhood." And I couldn't agree more.

This novel is beautifully written, the language is beautifully wielded to form a perfect picture of a relationship between women. The sections are a bit scattered, but I never felt confused during my journey. It is laid out just like it should be, written from the viewpoint of a person recovering from a family suicide. Darcy thinks of snippets from her recent past, t
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cornelia by: Izza
I read this book with no expectations whatsoever; I hadn't even read what it was about when I started.
But I was hooked from the beginning. I couldn't put it down, I had to know what had happened that lead to Carly's death.

I don't want to include spoilers here, but if you can get a copy, you definitely should! It's one of those few gems you find once in a while that is not only beautifully written, but also one that has a storyline you won't forget easily; a book that will touch your heart and s
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swallow by Theanna Bischoff is a lush exercise in pairings, forged and broken, and multiplicities, often layers and layers of them. That this rich layering doesn't become affected or overpowering is testament to Bischoff's ability to keep the effects balanced against the clear, emotionally resonant account of a young woman coping with the sudden loss of a beloved sister and the unravelling around her of other relationships and support.

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Lori McLellan
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family dynamics, the good and the bad, unfortunately more bad than good. Mental illness, suicide, bearevment and the burden of guilt.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-lit
There was an old woman who swallowed a cow,
I don't know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat,
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
Perhaps she'll die.

Theanna Bischoff's novel Swallow follows Darcy in her journey of gr
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What exactly is the point of this book? It's depressing from beginning to end, and the main character did not grow, change, or learn at all. And the style it was written in was nerve-racking; and I'm not talking about the flashbacks, but rather the loooooooong chapters and those annoying &'s.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great Read! Engaging storytelling, fully developed characters.

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Captures the essence of sisterhood, mental illness, and Toronto and Calgary in the 1990's and the new millenium. Fully developed characters and engaging storytelling.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
An exploration of a relationship between two sisters. The plot revolves around sickness and how things come together and fall apart. One sister tries to uncover why her sister killed herself. This is a lyrical book that is divided between Calgary and Toronto.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me a lot of Saleema Nawaz's Bone and Bread: two sisters, one dead, with the book about their tangled relationship and what it means to be sisters and to deal with the guilt and burden of being left alive. Nicely written.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for an early novel. The characters were good and the storyline compelling but I thought the ending left much to be desired.
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Theanna Bischoff is a novelist, creative writing instructor, and freelance editor who currently lives in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of two novels: Cleavage (NeWest Press, 2008), which was shortlisted for both the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book – Canada & the Caribbean, and the 2009 Re-Lit Awards; and Swallow (NeWest Press, 2012). Theanna holds a Concentration in C ...more
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