THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib & Giveaway



Yara Zgheib’s debut novel, THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET (BerkleyPublishing) is a haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia and an intimate journey to reclaim her life. 

I suffered from eating disorders in my 20’s and early 30’s and was blessed to get help for my disease. Not everyone is so fortunate. Some suffer for years before ever learning they have one, or aren’t able to get help in time.

“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.” 

26 year-old 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. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day. 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.

February 25th – March 3rd is Eating Disorders Awareness week. Check out to get more information. If you or anyone you know needs help, log onto or call 1-855-313-2652.



Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a PhD in International Affairs in Diplomacy from Centre D’études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Yara is a writer for several US and European magazines, including The Huffington PostThe Four Seasons MagazineA Woman’s ParisThe Idea List, and Holiday Magazine. She is the author of The Girls at 17 Swann Street and writes on culture, art, travel, and philosophy on her blog, “Aristotle at Afternoon Tea”


Thank to St. Martin Press, we have one copy of THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET to giveaway. Just tell us what you know about eating disorders. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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16 thoughts on “THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib & Giveaway

  1. My sister had an eating disorder when she was a teenager. I was very concerned about her. She would get up in the middle of the night and do 100 sit ups if she ate one slice of pizza. She would accuse me of looking at her because I thought she was fat. She was very thin. Thankfully she grew out of it in her twenties. I didn’t know about her doing exercise in the middle of the night until she told me about it. Happy Friday!


  2. I struggled with eating disorders when I was a teenager. I feel like it is more acceptable to talk about now than it was back then, but there still needs to be a lot more education and discussion about it.

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  3. Even nowadays, eating disorder is considered taboo – I have never met someone with this disorder which is very serious and should be treated. I think this book is relevant to bring this subject out and again try to alarm the society about this issue.

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  4. I’m overweight and know that I eat out of frustration or sadness at times. I’ve also read many articles on eating disorders. Plus seen several TV shows.

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  5. I have a niece that has an eating disorder and received professional help. She is still very thin, but now has things under control.

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