Review: The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Title: The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Author: Yara Zgheib
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: This was a heartbreaking debut novel that I know will stick me last past the last page. The book is beautifully written despite dealing with ugly realities that were hard to take in. The story does a great job of showing the real struggle with anorexia and anxiety that many woman face. Despite the tough subject matter the author managed to convey everything realistically (as far as I can tell) and yet with empathy and compassion. There are so many emotion connected with this book and so many lessons to take from it, regardless of whether you have suffered from an eating disorder or not. Overall I give the book 4 stars and highly recommend giving it a try!
*I received this book from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review*