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 http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org to get more information. If you or anyone you know needs help, log onto http://www.mentalhealthhotline.org 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 Post, The Four Seasons Magazine, A Woman’s Paris, The 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.
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