The Girls at 17 Swann Street

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

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.

Yara Zgheib's poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting, intimate journey of a young woman's struggle to reclaim her life. 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.

Title:The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250202444

    The Girls at 17 Swann Street Reviews

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I was really looking forward to reading this novel. I had some things to get done, so I thought I would just read a few pages an...

  • Melissa

    Gut-wrenching. Sad. Compassionate. Hopeful. Important.While this might be a work of fiction, there’s an air of authenticity that feels similar to taking a punch to the gut. At times, facing Anna’s...

  • Angela M

    A compulsive read. I started reading this book last night. I read early this morning. I read when I went the gym and I read this afternoon until I finished it. I could not put it down, in spite of the...

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    4 poignant and inspiring stars for The Girls at Swann StreetAnna Riux is a professional ballet dancer. Battling her emotional demons - imperfection, loneliness, failure, guilt - leads her on a dangero...

  • Paromjit

    Yara Zgheib's heartbreaking and lyrical debut takes us into the world of eating disorders, how they can arise and the devastating impact on both sufferers and their circles of friends and family. It b...

  • Debra

    I read this book in one day. This is a powerful debut for Yara Zgheib. The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a poignant and devastating look at eating disorders and how they affect one's life and their love...

  • Liz

    This is the first book I can remember being told from the perspective of an anorexic. It elicited a mix of pity, anger and confusion in me. I mean, I understood the whole control issue intellectually,...

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.Sometimes reading is less an entertaining experience than one intended to teach, to provoke emotions, and make you think. That was definitely the case with Yara Zgheib's powerful The Girls ...

  • Kendall

    Happy publication date to another one of my 2018 favorites! Get this on your list!!! Oh my gosh.... I don't even know if I will be able to give this novel justice through this review but I will sure t...

  • j e w e l s

    FIVE STARSLike any disease, anorexia sneaks up on tiptoes. Quiet as a lamb. Anorexia is not wanted and most patients express surprise that they have fallen victim to such a hideous illness. Once diagn...