The Girls at 17 Swann Street (Large Print / Library Binding)

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When Anna, a young wife and former dancer, is admitted to the treatment center at 17 Swann Street, she weighs just 88 pounds. As she struggles against the anorexia that has taken over her life and threatened her future, she's forced to rely on a personal strength she's not even sure she has. Zgheib does an amazing job of drawing us into Anna's world, showing us how thoroughly she's at the mercy of her disease and giving us a reason to root for her (and her husband and fellow patients—all compelling characters). This is such a gripping, beautifully-told story.

— Erika

February 2019 Indie Next List


“Through first-person narration, Yara Zgheib does a masterful job of presenting Anna, a young woman who has gradually spiraled into anorexia. So vivid are Anna’s guilt and physical revulsion toward food that I was absolutely shaken. The other characters are equally well-developed. Anna’s husband, Mathias, is loving and supportive but not immune to feelings of fear, frustration, and anger. Insights into the other residents and staff at 17 Swann Street provide a compelling context within which we experience Anna’s excruciating struggle toward recovery. This is a very readable yet sobering reminder that eating disorders remain a serious problem in our image-conscious society and that anyone is potentially vulnerable.”
— Samantha Flynn, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643581149
ISBN-10: 1643581147
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Pages: 500
Language: English