The Girls at 17 Swann Street

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250202444
Branch Call Number: FIC Zghei
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Girls at seventeen Swann Street


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May 18, 2019


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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