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Written in a dreamy poetic style that is immediately captivating, The Girls at 17 Swann Street is about a young woman’s life with anorexia, in spite of it and beyond it.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

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Yara Zgheib’s poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia on an intimate journey to reclaim her life.

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 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.

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: December 14th, 2018

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Yara Zgheib

Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a PhD in International Affairs in Diplomacy from Centre D'études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Yara is a writer for several US and European magazines, including The Huffington Post, The Four Seasons Magazine, A Woman’s Paris, The Idea List, and Holiday Magazine. She writes on culture, art, travel, and philosophy on her blog, "Aristotle at Afternoon Tea"

Book Details

Publisher St. Martin's Press
Genre Women's Fiction
Released on Feb 05 2019
ISBN 9781250202444

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gina.moltz
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Dec 15 2018 – 12:11 AM

Thought provoking

The Girls at 17 Swann Street was very intense and thought provoking. Although I have my own...

kimberbakos
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Dec 11 2018 – 09:58 PM

Root for Anna

I totally enjoyed this book! Even though much of it deals with the negative things that lead Anna...

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