Mary Swan

Mary Swan’s first novel, The Boys in the Trees, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the First Novel Award. Her novella, The Deep, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Book Prize (Canada/Caribbean region) for best first book, and she was also the recipient of the 2001 O. Henry Prize for short fiction. Swan presents My Ghosts, the story of six Scottish orphans who make their way to Toronto in 1879. Their lives follow fascinating twists and turns, but the novel ends with Clare, their contemporary descendant, who is unaware of—yet deeply influenced by—the experiences of her ancestors.

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