The Girls at 17 Swann Street

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

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The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists' list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound. Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears - imperfection, failure, loneliness - she spirals down into anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250202444
Branch Call Number: FIC ZGHEIB 2019
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Girls at seventeen Swann Street


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smfdenver Jul 24, 2019

This was a difficult yet beautifully written book about disordered eating, specifically Anorexia Nervosa. Everyone would benefit from reading this book including young adults. Not only was it a well written novel but I loved that the author, Yara Zgheib, deftly added in specific information about eating disorders and the gravity of the mental health behind this horrible disease. My heart broke for the protagonist (Anna) and those who loved her along with the residents with whom she shared a treatment facility. I thought that these women’s characters were well developed and their stories shared some of the contributing factors to eating disorders. It is a personal story that I felt I was part of as I read it.

ArapahoeAlice Apr 16, 2019

A compelling story--read it one evening because I couldn't put it down. Very evident that the author understands anorexia and its vicious grip. Beautiful writing, wonderful relationship between the anorexic protagonist and her husband. Excellent portrayals of difficulties many anorexics have with relationships because the disease forces them into secret, desperate internal lives. Heartbreaking information about how many anorexics don't survive, either dying from the disease or committing suicide.

Apr 12, 2019

3.5 stars rounded to 4! Extraordinary debut novel by Yara Zgheib brings us into the mind of Anna Roux who suffers from anorexia and an intimate view of how the disease affects the mental health of millions of people.
While the story was an accurate portrayal of the workings of mental health, I felt at times the writing was choppy and the use of italics often times confusing. I would have liked a more thorough development of the supporting characters. Who was Philippe? I understood him to be Anna's dance instructor, but was there a past romance? Especially because I felt he played a major role in the development of Anna's disease.
Also, can I just say -- we all deserve a Matthias!


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