Low | Arts & Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST

Low is a tapestry of things that are broken: broken families, broken hearts, broken people. It chronicles a mental health care system that is, in many ways, broken. But it also explores the love that lives in the cracks between the broken pieces, and the reservoir of strength inside each of us. When the novel's protagonist, Adrianna Song, attempts suicide, she finds herself in "the NS." There she is cast among a host of characters who might be colourful if they hadn't been feeling so, well, low. The vagaries of the end of the novel somewhat undermine its realism, but on the whole, Low is an honest and intimate portrait of one young girl's coming-of-age in the mental health care system. Anyone who has experienced mental illness will find comfort in the familiarity of Adrianna's struggle, and, ultimately in her perseverance.

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