There’s something about The Girls at 17 Swann Street that stays with you after you finish the book. Whether it be the subtle ways Zgheib shows you Anna’s daily routine, or her dancing background, The Girls at 17 Swann Street takes you on an emotional roller coaster. I’m not sure about the accuracy of the eating disorder representation, but Zgheib gets to know the other women at 17 Swann Street. She sees their stories, their hopes, and fears.
I liked the way Zgheib shows us, through assessments, and Anna’s daily routine, how she takes stock of her life. Whether it be her limited possessions in her room, or the way she does not have choice about her meals, Anna’s journey is challenging. The Girls at 17 Swann Street is full of memories of he past, like rooms with barely opened doors down a dim hallway. Her choices, her life, her routine is boiled down. Her conversations with nutritionists, therapists, and those around her, illustrate the way her life and choices has lead to this point.