The Girls at 17 Swann Street

The Girls at Swann Street The chocolate went first then the cheese the fries the ice cream The bread was difficult but if she could just lose a little weight perhaps she would make the soloists list Perhaps if she were

  • Title: The Girls at 17 Swann Street
  • Author: Yara Zgheib
  • ISBN: 1250202442
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream The bread was difficult, but if she could just lose a little 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 mile, lost just one pound.Anna Roux was a professional dan The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream The bread was difficult, but if she could just lose a little 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 mile, lost just one 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by St Martin s Press More Details ISBN 1250202442 ISBN13 9781250202444 Edition Language English Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Girls at 17 Swann Street, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Does anyone know anything about the author of this book like 4 months ago Add your answer Megan Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a PhD in International Affairs in 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 tudes Diplomatiques et Strat giques 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 less flag See 1 question about The Girls at 17 Swann Street Lists with This Book Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 163 voters 2019 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 189 books 314 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Sep 25, 2018 Deanna rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 releases, arcs My reviews can also be seen at 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 and come back to it But once I picked it up, I didn t want to put it down, and before I knew it, I was finishing the last page and closing the book.The book begins as twenty six year old Anna Roux is moving into Bedroom 5 at 17 Swann Street.Anna is originally from France She is a dancer but hasn t d My reviews can also be seen at 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 and come back to it But once I picked it up, I didn t want to put it down, and before I knew it, I was finishing the last page and closing the book.The book begins as twenty six year old Anna Roux is moving into Bedroom 5 at 17 Swann Street.Anna is originally from France She is a dancer but hasn t danced since she hurt her leg When her husband, Matthias receives a job offer to work in the United States, Anna decides it s a good thing Her leg will heal and she will dance in the U.S But after the move, things started to change.Anna is in love with her husband and he loves her I have books to read, places to see, babies to make, birthday cakes to taste I even have unused birthday wishes to spare So what am I doing here Anna used to love roller coasters, ice cream, and french fries.Anna doesn t think she has a problem I am twenty six years old My body feels sixty two Will Anna recover Will her marriage survive I was engrossed in Anna s story but I was also intrigued by the other characters stories and what led them to 17 Swann Street Many of the other patients are also living with anorexia, but some suffer from other disorders such as bulimia less evident but just as lethal as anorexia.I ve read quite a few books about teens and eating disorders But this novel was a little different Anna is twenty six and 17 Swann Street is a women s treatment center I felt the author did an excellent job of showing how someone could suffer from these issues for many years but in some cases, the disorders may show up later.I love the way the story is written It is told from Anna s perspective with alternating chapters telling the story of her life, her relationship with her husband, and how she ended up at 17 Swann Street Clinic intake and assessment forms, treatment plans, and meal plans are interspersed throughout the novel.This was a well written novel that gave a realistic and heartbreaking look at an illness that robs its victims and their loved ones of so much So often family and friends suffer along with the patient This novel was emotional and enlightening, and the story brought me to tears on than one occasion.I really enjoyed this novel and I m looking forward to reading from Yara Zgheib.I d like to thank St Martin s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review flag 232 likesLike see review View all 79 comments Oct 22, 2018 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, women s fiction 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 begins with the 26 year old Anna Roux entering 17 Swann Street, a residential medical treatment house inhabited by vulnerable and fragile women As the narrative goes back and forth in time, we learn of Anna s dedication to her career as a professional ballet dancer in Paris, an ex boyfriend who dama 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 begins with the 26 year old Anna Roux entering 17 Swann Street, a residential medical treatment house inhabited by vulnerable and fragile women As the narrative goes back and forth in time, we learn of Anna s dedication to her career as a professional ballet dancer in Paris, an ex boyfriend who damaged Anna s self esteem, her wonderfully loving husband, Matthias and her injured leg Matthias is offered a opportunity to work in Missouri in the United States which Anna is happy to support However, an isolated and lonely Anna is plagued by her insecurities and fears as her life spirals out of control with depression and anorexia, and she weighs a mere 88lbs.A young Anna feels like an old woman as Zgeib outlines the struggles of the women, their stories, their setbacks, and their support of each other We get insights into their complicated and distorted relationship with food, their inner world of anxieties, self destructive impulses, esteem issues and Matthias finds himself out of his depth and feeling helpless but he loves Anna, and it is this love that drives Anna s desire to get better Zgeib writes with humanity, compassion, knowledge and authenticity in her character driven portrayal of the mental health issues surrounding eating disorders I found this a raw, intense and emotional read which is brilliant in its characterisation and the medical issues it examines An excellent book which I recommend highly Many thanks to Beatrice and St Martin s Press for an ARC flag 146 likesLike see review View all 27 comments leslie hamod What a lovely review Paromjit I must add this Jan 31, 2019 07 25PM Paromjit Thank you masses, Leslie.hope you enjoy this Feb 01, 2019 07 53PM Jan 06, 2019 Debra rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 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 loved ones lives as well I used to eat I used to like to eat, then I grew scared to eat, ceased to eat Now my stomach hurts I have been anorexic so long that I have forgotten how to eat Anna Roux was a professional dancer who had to temporarily stop dancing due to an injury She thought she would 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 loved ones lives as well I used to eat I used to like to eat, then I grew scared to eat, ceased to eat Now my stomach hurts I have been anorexic so long that I have forgotten how to eat Anna Roux was a professional dancer who had to temporarily stop dancing due to an injury She thought she would be able to dance again after she and her husband, Matthais moved to the United States for his job Unfortunately, she was turned down many times and found a job as a cashier before succumbing to loneliness and depression while waiting for her husband to return home from work each day She is anorexic and eating causes anxiety She notes how her clothes are getting bigger and after her husband finds her unconscious on the bathroom floor, she enters a residential treatment center for women struggling with eating disorders.Through the course of the book, the reader is shown case notes, eating plans and Anna s thoughts The reader is shown her past, her relationship with her husband, the ex boyfriend who hurt her self esteem and self image, her family and her interactions with those at the residential treatment facility.This is not a happily ever after book I appreciated how the Author showed that this is something that will be a struggle for the main character throughout her life The Author showed us the characters unhealthy relationship with food, their mental health issues, self esteem issues, body image issues, and the serious and life threatening health issues that arise from having an eating disorder I thought the author painted a very realistic picture She showed that there will be struggles, that relapse can occur that the thoughts associated with eating will not change overnight and possibly may not entirely change , that this can be a lifelong battle I enjoyed how the story was told I immediately felt concern for Anna and was invested in learning what would happen to her and how she would react to being in the treatment center Fact from NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness Studies show that 1 in 20 people will be affected at some point in their lives by an eating disorder From Mental Health AmericaIn the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or EDNOS 1 EDNOS is now recognized as OSFED, other specified feeding or eating disorder, per the DSM 5 Anyone can develop an eating disorder regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, size, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation People are usually quick to take care of their physical health, but one s mental health is just as important People should never be ashamed to ask for or seek help for themselves or for their loved ones The stigma of mental health has been around for far too long and needs to stop Eating disorders are extremely serious as are all mental health issues and people need to educate themselves I don t know anyone who would look down on someone for having cancer, diabetes or heart disease, we should also not look down on or make fun of those with mental illness We should be kind, be supportive, offer to go to appointments with them, talk to them, learn about their diagnosis, etc.Overall, an enjoyable and haunting look at one woman s eating disorder and her time in a residential treatment facility There are many books out there the deal with eating disorders and I found this to be a very good one that tells the story with compassion I appreciated that things were not sugar coated nor were they brutally in your face either I am impressed that is a debut book I found it to be well written and again, I enjoyed the style in which it was written I found the case notes and meal plans to be a very nice touch.Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions are my own flag 138 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Jan 10, 2019 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 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, but this gives it to you from an emotional front The chapters move between present day Anna, a history of how she arrived at needing treatment and the clinic s assessment forms The balance of it all works well I would have liked to have seen a little on how the earlier events in her life le 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, but this gives it to you from an emotional front The chapters move between present day Anna, a history of how she arrived at needing treatment and the clinic s assessment forms The balance of it all works well I would have liked to have seen a little on how the earlier events in her life led her to succumb to this condition, but I also understand it could have made for a awkward storyline.The book also does a great job of showing the effects of the disease on an anorexic s loved ones The fear of confrontation causes Matthias to constantly look the other way, to pretend everything is ok The book doesn t pull any punches You see exactly how hard it is to fight this disease and how not all manage to do so This is an extremely well done debut novel and I will definitely seek out any future works by the author.My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book flag 108 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Nov 10, 2018 Kendall rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 try The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a breathtakingly beautiful novel that opens your eyes to the demons of eating disorders Yara Zgheib swept me off my feet with her words that left me haunted, raw, and teary eyed throughout this entire novel.The story begins with 26 year old Anna entering 17 Swann Street residential treatment center for women that struggle with eating disorders Wh 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 try The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a breathtakingly beautiful novel that opens your eyes to the demons of eating disorders Yara Zgheib swept me off my feet with her words that left me haunted, raw, and teary eyed throughout this entire novel.The story begins with 26 year old Anna entering 17 Swann Street residential treatment center for women that struggle with eating disorders What I loved most about this novel was the power of showing rather then telling through Yara s words Yara takes us into Anna s life ever so delicately as the novel alternates between Anna s past of her spiraling down into depression and anorexia and present at the treatment facility Yara s talent shines with outlining the struggles that are associated with mental illness Yara writes with compassion, empathy, love, and honesty in this character drive novel of Ana and her eating disorder I was blown out of the water with how powerful this novel is I found this novel to leave such an imprint on my heart I highly highly recommend this hauntingly heart breaking read.5 raw and breathtaking stars Huge thank you to Netgalley and St Martin s press for the advanced arc in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date 2 5 19Published to GR 11 10 18 flag 96 likesLike see review View all 35 comments Jaline Fabulous review, Kendall Your empathy and admiration for this story and its writer literally leap off the screen 4 hours, 26 min ago Kendall Susanne Thank you so much Jaline awe thank you It truly was an inspiring and powerful read 3 hours, 44 min ago Jan 08, 2019 j e w e l s Books Bejeweled rated it it was amazing 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 diagnosed, the patient is usually very near death It takes no less than a miracle to beat anorexia, all the odds are in the opposite directionE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET is one of the most affecting stories I ve ever read It s not just a tale of eating disorders, it s a tale of women fighting for t 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 diagnosed, the patient is usually very near death It takes no less than a miracle to beat anorexia, all the odds are in the opposite directionE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET is one of the most affecting stories I ve ever read It s not just a tale of eating disorders, it s a tale of women fighting for their self identities You may not have ever struggled with eating or body dysmorphia, but, I will go out on a limb here and suggest most readers will relate to the characters in the book We all have those daily emotional battles fought in our own head, right Yara Zgheib has captured the emotions so beautifully, the book can only be read through the tears in your eyes The language is delicate and poetic, it s completely mesmerizing This is not to say it is a sad book I found it to be a story of hope, love and discovery Absolutely riveting from the first page, I could not put it down I would wholeheartedly recommend it to lovers of contemporary fiction or even self help mental health fans Thank you very much to the author and Netgalley for my early copy The book is slated for a Feb 5, 2019 release date All opinions are my own. flag 95 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Dec 09, 2018 Carol Bookaria rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, favorites, fiction, top 2018, netgalley, netgalley 2018 A harrowing novel about a twenty six year old Parisian girl battling anorexia Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.It opens up with Anna, the main character, as she checks into 17 Swann Street, a residence that provides treatment to women with eating disorders The name Anna is not random, many sufferers refer to anorexia as ana The illness, the center, and the characters are depicted in a complex and compassionate light The author did and excellent job describing the A harrowing novel about a twenty six year old Parisian girl battling anorexia Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.It opens up with Anna, the main character, as she checks into 17 Swann Street, a residence that provides treatment to women with eating disorders The name Anna is not random, many sufferers refer to anorexia as ana The illness, the center, and the characters are depicted in a complex and compassionate light The author did and excellent job describing the emotional process, I felt connected and captivated by this story.Overall, I loved this book and recommend it to readers of contemporary fiction as well as those interested in subjects dealing with mental health Received ARC from the publisher via Netgalley flag 73 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Jan 31, 2019 Marialyce rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves books of 2019, netgalley 4.5 tragic heart breaking starsOur striving to be thin has become an obsession We indulge in costly diet plans, spend hours exercising, cut our food intake, all because the image of success and beauty is a thin body If you are a dancer, a figure skater, a gymnast, or any other athlete, weight is the foremost idea in you mind Don t gain an ounce, don t get any taller, don t grow and most of all don t eat In this book, The Girls At Swann Street, we are taken into the life of a young woman, Ann 4.5 tragic heart breaking starsOur striving to be thin has become an obsession We indulge in costly diet plans, spend hours exercising, cut our food intake, all because the image of success and beauty is a thin body If you are a dancer, a figure skater, a gymnast, or any other athlete, weight is the foremost idea in you mind Don t gain an ounce, don t get any taller, don t grow and most of all don t eat In this book, The Girls At Swann Street, we are taken into the life of a young woman, Anna Roux, as she and others battle the disease known as anorexia They live together at 17 Swan Street where everything is monitored all in the hopes that they will somehow rediscover the world of eating Anna is married and is loved by her husband, but he is at his wits ends as he watches the woman he loves disappear before his eyes Anna had been a dancer studying ballet in Paris She was totally focused on dance and of course staying thin is ever so critical if one wants to dance Perhaps if she weighed less she could jump higher, spin faster, be someone special, something meaningful, something she doesn t hate when she looks in the mirror She and her husband move to America, and Anna s life and her own self begin that spin into decline and possible death.Anna, eats less and less and her weight in a 5 4 body drops to a precarious 88 pounds She is dying from the inside out She is admitted to Swan Street in the hopes that this program will save her Her husband is her ally, but that doesn t seem to be enough She discovers the girls who with her, are suffering from the same inability to place food into their mouth They have lost the joy of eating, and have lost the joy of living Will this program save Anna and the other girls, or will they succumb to the ravages of anorexia This compelling story comes at the reader like a train rambling along a track that is filled with anguish and sadness This is a story that many know, that many find themselves in, that many will die from I heartily recommend this book to all and feel that you will be enhanced and informed by Anna s story.As an aside, my oldest daughter was a competitive ice skater for eight years I know, first hand how coaches would frown if weight was gained They would be upset if a growth spurt set in for that would throw off a child s balance They would try to control the life of a child to further their own ambitions to maybe someday be the coach of a winner My daughter s ballet teacher would scream at parents waiting for their children that the parents were too fat At that time, I weighed 110 pounds I couldn t even, though I was an adult, get that thought out of my mind Was I indeed too fat It s insidious It comes upon you, wrecks your mind as you constantly think and live weight Is it all worth it I watched and interacted with the children, the ballerinas at Lincoln Center What they ate and placed on their lunch trays was pitiful, all in that attempt to be thin Watch the TV, look at magazines, listen to jokes, we worship thinness We look to normal people as if they are obese, and we fat shame those who have weight issues This is who we are so is Anna and the other girls s stories so hard to understand Thank you to Yara Zgheib, St Martin s Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this moving story.This book is due to be published on February 5, 2019My reviews can also be seen here flag 69 likesLike see review View all 49 comments Marialyce Kaceey Traveling Sister wrote Excellent heartfelt review Marialyce Thanks so much, Kaceey 10 hours, 46 min ago Jaline Beautifully thought out review, Marialyce and your writing brings this one to vivid life Just lovely 9 hours, 47 min ago Oct 20, 2018 Erin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle, netgalley I was fortunate to be asked by the book publisher to head to NETGALLEY and check out this book I am so very glad that I did The main plot is driven by the fact that the main character, Anna Roux, a professional French dancer, married for three years, is battling anorexia nervosa Now, I have read a few books and watched a lot of movies about anorexia and bulimia and they are mostly portrayed by teenage girls So it was very refreshing to see how this disease gradually takes over an adult woma I was fortunate to be asked by the book publisher to head to NETGALLEY and check out this book I am so very glad that I did The main plot is driven by the fact that the main character, Anna Roux, a professional French dancer, married for three years, is battling anorexia nervosa Now, I have read a few books and watched a lot of movies about anorexia and bulimia and they are mostly portrayed by teenage girls So it was very refreshing to see how this disease gradually takes over an adult woman s life Like Anna, The Girls at 17 Swann Street are battling eating disorders and this book doesn t sugarcoat the treatments and offers a realistic portrayal of how people think and feel Yara Zghieb invokes plenty of emotion in the writing of this novel and her various characters show us the many layers and complexities of living with an eating disorder We see women who lose the battle and those who have struggled with it for many years What I thought was so realistic is that although we see Anna supported by her beautiful husband, Matthias, this is contrasted by others who have no one This just makes the book all realistic and genuine in tackling such a subject that is rarely touched upon in women s fiction Thanks to St Martin s Press for suggesting that I take a peek at this book on NETGALLEY All opinions are my own and all I was asked for was an honest review I would strongly recommend to watch out for this book available on February 5th, 2019 flag 64 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Deanna Great review, Erin Dec 17, 2018 12 48PM Erin Deanna wrote Great review, Erin Thank you, Deanna 12 hours, 1 min ago Jan 20, 2019 Sharon rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves net galley, own read, 5000 2019 Anorexia nervosa is a horrible disease that touches so many people It doesn t just take over your body and mind, but it also impacts on those that are close to you, family, friends and work colleagues In this story, we take a journey of Anna s life and her fight with anorexia and what a battle it really is My heart truly went out to Anna and the other girls who she shared a room with at the treatment clinic After reading this book I got a much better understanding of what this horrible disea Anorexia nervosa is a horrible disease that touches so many people It doesn t just take over your body and mind, but it also impacts on those that are close to you, family, friends and work colleagues In this story, we take a journey of Anna s life and her fight with anorexia and what a battle it really is My heart truly went out to Anna and the other girls who she shared a room with at the treatment clinic After reading this book I got a much better understanding of what this horrible disease does, not only to the body, but the mind as well For most of us, we never think too much about what we eat well, I don t anyway unless we are on a diet or we suffer a health condition such as diabetes where we have to be aware of what we are eating For people with anorexia or an eating disorder, they struggle to eat simple foods and if they do manage to consume something, then they question the calorie intake and how much exercise it will take to burn those calories It s a daily battle and sadly for many it s a battle that will end their life Sad and heartbreaking story that will tear at your heartstrings, but it will give you a better understanding of what people with eating disorders go through Some will win the fight and sadly some won t A book that will remain with me for a long time to come With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my digital copy to read and review Highly recommended flag 62 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 18, 2019 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it 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 she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere 88 pounds Her husband, Matthais finds her unconscious on the bathroom floor and she has been put in a residential treatment centre for people with eating disorders.If your looking for a happy ever after story, this book is not for you I shed a tear a few times w 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 she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere 88 pounds Her husband, Matthais finds her unconscious on the bathroom floor and she has been put in a residential treatment centre for people with eating disorders.If your looking for a happy ever after story, this book is not for you I shed a tear a few times while reading Anna s plight Anna is anorexic and ends up getting treatment at 17, Swann Street, where a lot of other fragile young women are facing their daily demons We learn the routines the girls have to go through on their road, hopefully, to recovery adding their calorie intake, slowly, the rules for mealtimes and what happens if they don t follow them A fantastic insight into eating disorders I do recommend this book.I would like to thank NetGalley, St Martin s Press and the author Yara Zgheib for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 64 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Dec 13, 2018 TUDOR QUEEN rated it liked it Thank you to St Martin s Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.Anna Roux of Paris succeeded in her dream of becoming a ballerina, despite the fact that she didn t have the ideal body type or physique Her lover Philippe who she was having an affair with scrutinized her every bite If only she would diet a bit , exercise harder, she would be awarded with the best ballet roles But, he didn t really love Anna and she was never good enough It never became clear than w Thank you to St Martin s Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.Anna Roux of Paris succeeded in her dream of becoming a ballerina, despite the fact that she didn t have the ideal body type or physique Her lover Philippe who she was having an affair with scrutinized her every bite If only she would diet a bit , exercise harder, she would be awarded with the best ballet roles But, he didn t really love Anna and she was never good enough It never became clear than when she saw Philippe saunter into a party with his arm around the perfect waist of his wife Natasha Then one day at ballet rehearsal, light headed from dieting, Anna collapsed and injured her knee It s over three years later and Anna has a loving and dedicated husband, Matthias They have emigrated from Paris to America for Matthias job However, when Anna applied to a local ballet troupe she was politely turned down She spent months getting in shape, but did not manage to find any job openings in dance She wound up working as a cashier in a supermarket but her real career is anorexia And now Anna is a patient in a home for women with eating disorders at 17 Swann Street Because I love to eat too much I had difficulty appreciating just how frightening and hard it was for patients like Anna to eat There are strict rules at 17 Swann Street, and a schedule of vitals, weigh ins, meals and snacks The bathrooms are locked and you must ask permission These girls are literally scared to death as they sit in front of the meal their nutritionist set out for them, wrapped up in plastic with their name upon it Oftentimes the only way to get through eating each morsel is to get lured into someone s conversation or keep reciting a familiar poem in your head Anything to get your mind off of the impossibility of eating all this foodeven if it s just a half a bagel with hummus, yogurt, carrots and fruit The guilt afterward creates a burning in the stomach And then there s the anger at eating a bagel and cream cheese when it took so long to build up the walls to stop liking it so much If you don t eat every bite you ll be forced to drink a nutritional supplement, and if worse comes to worse, you ll be fed by nasogastric tube The ways that a body is adversely affected due to malnutrition is very sobering, such as loss of menstrual periods, bone and skin issues, extreme sensitivity to the cold So, why did I give this just three stars Let me count the ways Firstly, any dialogue followed the annoying trend of having no quotations with mention of who s speaking, which consistently caused me confusion Secondly, there were italicized passages interspersed throughout the story backtracking Anna and Matthias relationship that cropped up randomly, leaving me discombobulated as to where I was in the story Thirdly and lastly, while I appreciate the plight of the unfortunate people with eating disorders, I just felt a detachment to this story It s a very interesting topic, but perhaps the writing style couldn t bring it home for me There have been a lot of positive reviews of this book, so maybe I m just an outlier flag 62 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Tara Booktenders I felt the same way The writing style and character development left me feeling detached Jan 13, 2019 09 38AM Mackey Thank you for being brave enough to give this less than 5 stars I very much enjoyed your honest review 11 hours, 14 min ago May 13, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves arc, giveaways, fiction, new york, read in 2018 Anna has struggled with anorexia for years and moves in to a live in treatment facility for women battling eating disorders The book is described as having a lyrical quality to it and I admit I was a bit leery at first because that isn t something I typically like However, because the subject matter is so heavy it actually worked in the book s favor as it made the tough parts slightly easier to take because they were broken up a bit I thought this was a pretty realistic portrayal of a woman w Anna has struggled with anorexia for years and moves in to a live in treatment facility for women battling eating disorders The book is described as having a lyrical quality to it and I admit I was a bit leery at first because that isn t something I typically like However, because the subject matter is so heavy it actually worked in the book s favor as it made the tough parts slightly easier to take because they were broken up a bit I thought this was a pretty realistic portrayal of a woman with an eating disorder For people that have never dealt with one before, I think you can walk away after reading the book at least having a better understanding of the mindset of someone struggling with anorexia The only part of the book I had problems with was the ending as it felt like the author was in a bit of a rush to wrap up the story Overall, this is a tough but good read with an emotional punch.I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion flag 55 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Oct 16, 2018 Lisa Gardner rated it it was amazing I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advanced Reading Copy Given that I m a suspense novelist, this was a different sort of novel, being the story of a 26 year old woman suffering from anorexia I m drawn to books with strong characters, however, and this novel grabbed me from the first page Anna, her story, how she got to this point in her life, is so haunting The entire cast of characters fromAnna s loving but bewildered husband to the other girls in treatment keep you riveted If you I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advanced Reading Copy Given that I m a suspense novelist, this was a different sort of novel, being the story of a 26 year old woman suffering from anorexia I m drawn to books with strong characters, however, and this novel grabbed me from the first page Anna, her story, how she got to this point in her life, is so haunting The entire cast of characters fromAnna s loving but bewildered husband to the other girls in treatment keep you riveted If you are interested in compelling characters and or complex issues, this is a must read flag 52 likesLike see review Betty Spates Cant wait to meet you at the library in February in Parma Jan 30, 2019 09 30PM Jan 30, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves bookishfirst wins This is a stunning and raw look inside the mind of a woman that suffers from anorexia nervosa I do not suffer from anorexia I have anorexia The two states are not the same I know my anorexia, I understand it better than the world around me Anna is a young Parisian woman with ambitions to become a ballet dancer Unfortunately, she never seems to make the cut When her husband, Matthias, is offered a job in the United States they take the opportunity and Anna hopes that maybe, possibly sh This is a stunning and raw look inside the mind of a woman that suffers from anorexia nervosa I do not suffer from anorexia I have anorexia The two states are not the same I know my anorexia, I understand it better than the world around me Anna is a young Parisian woman with ambitions to become a ballet dancer Unfortunately, she never seems to make the cut When her husband, Matthias, is offered a job in the United States they take the opportunity and Anna hopes that maybe, possibly she ll get her chance at ballet after all She does not Matthias works long hours that leave Anna lonely One thing she discovers while alone is that she doesn t enjoy eating alone so she takes a job as a supermarket cashier in order to help kill time and supplement the income Anna s life has not turned out the way she has expected While her love for her husband remains constant she can t help but feel she has no control over anything in her life As time ticks by Anna slowly stops eating The pounds begin to drop and Anna sees this as success See, Anna can control something She can control what she eats The disease is an addiction she feeds off of The disease is the only sustenance that she needs until it becomes obvious to those that love her that she can no longer continue or she will die Everyone around me thinks I have a problem Everyone around me is scared I do not have a problem I just have to lose a little bit of weight I am scared too, but not of gaining weight I am terrified of life Of a sad and unfair world I do not suffer from a sick brain I suffer from a sick heart This is how Anna finds herself at 17 Swann St This is where, we as readers, come to understand the thought process and mentality of those that suffer from eating disorders I don t think I have ever rooted for a couple before as much as I did Anna and Matthias These two share a love that knows no bounds and it was absolutely beautiful to witness Each and every bit of dialogue between these two brought me to tears Yara Zgheibs use of language is exquisite It s poetic and lovely and packs an emotional punch that will leave you breathless 5 stars I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through BookishFirst Thank you flag 52 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Michelle Holly wrote Keep seeing stellar reviews Glad to see your 5 stars Thanks, Holly I thought this was amazing updated Jan 31, 2019 09 56PM Michelle leslie hamod wrote Your review is remarkable This is such a difficult topic Especially amount middle aged women who are the fastest growing segmen leslie hamod wrote Your review is remarkable This is such a difficult topic Especially amount middle aged women who are the fastest growing segment of society developing these diseases Thank you so much, Leslie It s definitely an important topic and it would make an excellent discussion for book clubs Jan 31, 2019 09 56PM Jan 05, 2019 Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves comp copy from publisher, netgalley, 5000 2019, read in 2019, book club Book Club read 21, March 2019.I do not cry over books I might tear up a bit, but seldom is there actual crying This book made me cry, multiple times.Anna was a ballet dancer, was living in Paris with her French husband, eating fine meals, drinking wine Ballerinas are pressured to stay thin, get even thinner, so eating habits had to change She also had lost some family members, tragically Anna did not choose to become anorexic she did not consciously decide that 88 pounds was her ideal wei Book Club read 21, March 2019.I do not cry over books I might tear up a bit, but seldom is there actual crying This book made me cry, multiple times.Anna was a ballet dancer, was living in Paris with her French husband, eating fine meals, drinking wine Ballerinas are pressured to stay thin, get even thinner, so eating habits had to change She also had lost some family members, tragically Anna did not choose to become anorexic she did not consciously decide that 88 pounds was her ideal weight, or that fruit and popcorn were her main food groups It just happened as the disease aggressively and stubbornly took over her mind and body.Now in Midwestern America, she goes for treatment at 17 Swann Street and so much happens in such a short time for her I was taken in by all the fragile young women there and their daily struggles A very emotional journey, for me at least.A quote from the preview copy I read Only 33% of women with anorexia nervosa maintain full recovery after nine months Of those, approximately one third will relapse after the nine month mark Thank you to the publisher St Martin s Press for offering me a copy through NetGalley, not to mention the copies for my in person book club I will be recommending this one to all my reading friends flag 47 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Jan 15, 2019 Sh3lly grumpybookgrrrl rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, 2019 release, gurrrl power, read 2019, machalo bingo 2019, swbc 2019 Review also found at date February 5, 2019 Published by St Martin s Press The link to the author s blog Aristotle at Afternoon Tea.Disclaimer I know very little about eating disorders If this review is in any way triggering, it is completely unintentional The story follows Anna Roux, a Parisian ballet dancer, who falls in love with Matthias and moves to Missouri with him when he gets a new job Anna has an eating disorder and is 88 pounds w Review also found at date February 5, 2019 Published by St Martin s Press The link to the author s blog Aristotle at Afternoon Tea.Disclaimer I know very little about eating disorders If this review is in any way triggering, it is completely unintentional The story follows Anna Roux, a Parisian ballet dancer, who falls in love with Matthias and moves to Missouri with him when he gets a new job Anna has an eating disorder and is 88 pounds when she checks into a treatment facility and meets other young women like herself The story is told in the present, as she struggles at first to pick meal choices and adapt and in flashbacks that tell the story of how she met her husband and the events leading up to her at 17 Swann Street.I am not typically a fan of contemporary fiction, but this was GOOD I found myself very much cheering Anna on and wanting her to succeed Although there is sadness, the book is also hopeful It would have been a much harder book to read if she didn t have a devoted husband to support her.I liked the girls at Swann Street, especially Emm and Valerie I kind of wish we got to spend a bit time with them This was very much Anna s story Although I m not a usual fan of flashback story telling, it worked well here I felt like Anna s father and the other supporting characters were brought to life.I learned a lot about anorexia As an overweight person, it s hard for me to get in that headspace, but the author is forthright and unforgiving, sparing no details You get a personal sense of the reality of it, how the body changes, the mind, the personality The disease, ironically, eats away at everything Careers, relationships, memories Thank you St Martin s for providing a digital eARC to read and review.Possible triggers for those with ED flag 42 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, 4 star reviews, kindle, netgalley, netgalley2019 A beautiful yet haunting tale of Anna s struggle to eat and to survive SUMMARYAnna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to St Louis, Missouri There, alone with her biggest fears imperfection, failure, loneliness she spirals down anorexia and depression until she weighs a mere 88 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 li A beautiful yet haunting tale of Anna s struggle to eat and to survive SUMMARYAnna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to St Louis, Missouri There, alone with her biggest fears imperfection, failure, loneliness she spirals down anorexia and depression until she weighs a mere 88 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 Anna, together with the other women in the house must fight their demons every minute of every day to survive Many do not make it REVIEWAnorexia is a difficult subject to read about Particular if you know someone that has suffered from it But this book is worth the read I walked away with a much better appreciation and understanding and I am so glad I read it THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET is a beautiful, yet haunting story of Anna s struggle to eat and her struggle to survive The story is about Anna s journey as an inpatient and the women she encounters there The other patients like Emm, Valerie and Julia help show the many faces eating disorders can hide behind My favorite part was Anna s amazing relationships with the men in her life Both her gorgeous husband, Matthias, and her devoted Parisienne father The descriptive writing captures Anna relationships in such a way as to give you hope for her Anna is loved and she loves I loved Anna phone calls to her father in Paris when she was allowed out of the house for a group walk in the mornings I loved the advice her father had shared with her as a child that resonants even so today, Keep walking Anna Don t stop Keep walking, Anna The Girls at 17 Swann Street is Yara Zgheib s debut novel She is a Fulbright scholar with a masters degree in Security Studies and a PhD in International Diplomacy She is a writer for several US and European magazines Thanks to Netgalley, St Martin s Press and Yara Zgheib for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher St Martin s Press Published February 5, 2019Review bluestockingreviews flag 37 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 12, 2018 Sandra Cross My Heart rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc publisher, feb 2019 release, netgally arc, womens fiction, addictive reads, favorites 2018 A stunning, emotional, inspirational, and insightful story into the lives of women suffering from an eating disorder I opened this book late in the afternoon with the intention of reading a couple of chapters before starting dinner and never looked up again until finishing it a few hours later It s everything I could ask for in a story and The Girls at 17 Swann Street is beautifully written and delivered via the intimate first person pov of Anna, a twenty six year old woman wife for A stunning, emotional, inspirational, and insightful story into the lives of women suffering from an eating disorder I opened this book late in the afternoon with the intention of reading a couple of chapters before starting dinner and never looked up again until finishing it a few hours later It s everything I could ask for in a story and The Girls at 17 Swann Street is beautifully written and delivered via the intimate first person pov of Anna, a twenty six year old woman wife former dancer who is entering residential care for anorexia at 17 Swann Street A woman who once laughed, loved, and dared to dream big A woman who loved ice cream and strawberries and the idea of making babies with her husband A 5 4 tall woman now weighing in at only 88 pounds with a 15.1 BMI who can no longer bear to be touched A woman whose body is literally starving to death because the thought of eating food makes her physically sick How did this happen to her Through Anna s eyes, readers learn about day to day life inside the eating disorder treatment center the rules, eating plans, appointments with doctors, weekly rituals the despair, the hopelessness, the struggle to face one day and one meal Anna s thoughts alternate between past and present allowing readers to walk in her shoes prior, during, and after treatment While Anna s the driving force behind this story, the other girls receiving treatment play key support roles, welcoming her into their sisterhood while helping to acclimate her to the rules I ll go ahead and say now that I wiped tears than once before finishing this story.A powerful, mesmerizing story, The Girls At 17th Swann Street opened my eyes to this deadly disease and the paralyzing fear it holds over victims taunting them with hopes of recovery and then jerking it and dreams of reclaiming their former life away Sadly, the success and recovery rate are not great The disease has devastating effects on victims and their loved ones often ripping families apart as they struggle to understand why while watching the downward spiral of their afflicted loved one I loved this book and all the girls living at 17 Swann Street For a few hours, through Zgheib s lyrical writing, I became one of the girls living in the peachy pink colored house at 17 Swann Street I felt their pain, frustration, confusion, and hopelessness I prayed with and for them and dared dream of a brighter future for each of them The Girls at 17th Swann Street is a beautiful, heart felt read that will go on my Favorites Shelf This book is brilliantly written an intimate, heart touching, and thought provoking story of a woman s mission to reclaim her life by defeating a disease suffered by women of many ages But than that, it s a story and journey I promise will touch and possibly change you I know it did me You don t want to miss this one I look forward to from this talented author A Must Read Many thanks to St Martin s Press for an arc of this book Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews flag 38 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sandra Cross My Heart Holly wrote Great review Sandra So excited to start this one Thanks, Holly Hope you enjoy it Feb 02, 2019 08 54AM Sandra Cross My Heart Jonetta wrote I forgot to tell you that your review is outstanding Thanks, Jonetta Feb 02, 2019 08 54AM Dec 13, 2018 Tammie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction lit A solid 4 stars The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a fictional book that centers around main character Anna Roux a former ballet dancer from France that is battling an eating disorder Anna, who now resides in the United States with her loving husband, enters a residential medical house located on Swann Street to seek treatment The Girls at 17 Swann Street is an emotional tough read that offers a realistic view in dealing with eating disorders on a physical level but also an emotional one as wel A solid 4 stars The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a fictional book that centers around main character Anna Roux a former ballet dancer from France that is battling an eating disorder Anna, who now resides in the United States with her loving husband, enters a residential medical house located on Swann Street to seek treatment The Girls at 17 Swann Street is an emotional tough read that offers a realistic view in dealing with eating disorders on a physical level but also an emotional one as well Highly recommended to fans of contemporary fiction Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this ARC flag 30 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 20, 2019 Brenda rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 release, contemporary fiction, arc, net galley, 5000 2019, own read, read on kindle Anna was delirious with happiness when she married Matthias in Paris When an injury halted her dancing profession, then Matthias was offered a job in Missouri, she followed him to the new country without regret But with Matthias at work all day, and Anna alone with no friends and no work, her insecurities took hold And gradually her desire to look and be perfect for Matthias saw her weight at just 88 pounds and her body slowly giving up When Matthias took her to 17 Swann Street, she had no i Anna was delirious with happiness when she married Matthias in Paris When an injury halted her dancing profession, then Matthias was offered a job in Missouri, she followed him to the new country without regret But with Matthias at work all day, and Anna alone with no friends and no work, her insecurities took hold And gradually her desire to look and be perfect for Matthias saw her weight at just 88 pounds and her body slowly giving up When Matthias took her to 17 Swann Street, she had no idea what would be involved after all, she wasn t sick, was she Anna s shock at the other young women who were patients was great She had no idea that she was as bad as they were Day in and day out 6 meals a day no getting out of eating psychologists, nutritionists, counsellors the two diseases which were in the house anorexia and bulimia were treated with kindness, firmness and determination Anna gradually learned a little about the others Valerie, Emm, Julia, Sarah as they learned about her They were there for each other but what would be the outcome The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib is a heart breaking, emotional look at a disease that strikes silently and swiftly, a disease that no one can beat without treatment, care and support Told in Anna s voice, the author has done an excellent job with the authenticity of her story I felt for Matthias as his love for Anna stayed true for Anna and her despair, along with the desperation of the other girls The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a story that will stay with me for a long time, and it s one I highly recommend.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review flag 27 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Nov 25, 2018 Nadia rated it really liked it review of another edition Everyone around me thinks I have a problem Everyone around me is scared I do not have a problem I just have to lose a little bit of weight I am scared too, but not of gaining weight I am terrified of life Of a sad and unfair world I do not suffer from a sick brain I suffer from a sick heart After leaving Paris and moving to the US with her husband, 26 years old ex ballerina Anna struggles to adjust to the new life 17 Swann Street is a clinic treating girls with anorexia and bulimia I Everyone around me thinks I have a problem Everyone around me is scared I do not have a problem I just have to lose a little bit of weight I am scared too, but not of gaining weight I am terrified of life Of a sad and unfair world I do not suffer from a sick brain I suffer from a sick heart After leaving Paris and moving to the US with her husband, 26 years old ex ballerina Anna struggles to adjust to the new life 17 Swann Street is a clinic treating girls with anorexia and bulimia It is a place where Anna ends up when her weight drops to 88 pounds I once had lips and breasts, but those shrank months ago Along with my thighs, my liver, my behind The Girls at 17 Swann Street was a quick read, but not an easy one Yara Zgheib portrays a very realistic picture of an eating disorder.Following Anna on her difficult journey to recovery was very emotional for me Unfortunately I have witnessed very closely what an eating disorder does to a person My sister has always had a model like figure, very tall and slim It only took one idiotic comment from her ex who said she was starting to look fat after she put on 3 kilos during summer holiday She was 65kg at 182cm After that, she stopped eating and rapidly turned into a skeleton At 52kg she still believed she needed to lose weight My parents pleaded, begged, threatened, but nothing worked When she ended up in the hospital, she finally promised to start eating My mum was happy but that didn t last long The eating disorder my sister was suffering from just changed its name Anorexia turned into bulimia It s been years now since this first started and my sister has never been completely cured of bulimia and she might never be, but at least she is not underweight any.Books like The Girls at 17 Swann Street are important to raise awareness and understanding I strongly recommend this book Many thanks to St Martin s Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. flag 24 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Nov 06, 2018 Cortney LaScola The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaways arcs What an amazing debut It was beautifully written and so very heartbreaking.The characters were all so flawed, and wonderful, and HUMAN I loved this book flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 31, 2019 Lori rated it really liked it review of another edition This novel really shines a light on otherwise silent eating disorders I think most people have a love hate relationship with food, but for most it s a fear of overindulgence I think this fact is what makes understanding this disease so difficult, or difficult to empathize with I liked that the novel was told from Anna s POV It allows us to understand what she experiences minute by minute during her day, which helped me to better understand how people struggle within this disease My mos This novel really shines a light on otherwise silent eating disorders I think most people have a love hate relationship with food, but for most it s a fear of overindulgence I think this fact is what makes understanding this disease so difficult, or difficult to empathize with I liked that the novel was told from Anna s POV It allows us to understand what she experiences minute by minute during her day, which helped me to better understand how people struggle within this disease My most important take away is that these diseases are not about food Food is used as a tool to cope with their emotional struggles Hopefully, with open conversations about these diseases people can get the help they need Reason for 4 star rating transitions could have been smoothly done Still well done I am not undernourished I am starved for a meal I would not have to eat alone For someone to love me and tell me that I am than enough, as I am flag 21 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Lori Ley wrote I tried so hard to get into this but it kinda set my brain off The writing was beautiful though It s definitely a slow paced novel Ley wrote I tried so hard to get into this but it kinda set my brain off The writing was beautiful though It s definitely a slow paced novel a little hard to follow with the transitions in time In the end I felt that the pace conveyed the mood of the book very well Feb 01, 2019 12 16PM Lori Tucker wrote Great review Lori I hope fiction like this will bring much needed awareness to eating disorders Thanx It was a realistic look at how Tucker wrote Great review Lori I hope fiction like this will bring much needed awareness to eating disorders Thanx It was a realistic look at how these disorders work which I think need to be read Hopefully, novels like this will shed some much needed attention to these disorders Feb 01, 2019 08 51PM Nov 26, 2018 Jenna Bookish rated it really liked it My thanks to St Martin s Press and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a an honest, unflinching, but fundamental hopeful portrayal of anorexia and the struggles of recovery Anna enters treatment at the beginning of the novel primarily at the behest of her husband, who is at the end of his rope and fearful that he wouldn t be able to keep her alive on his o My thanks to St Martin s Press and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a an honest, unflinching, but fundamental hopeful portrayal of anorexia and the struggles of recovery Anna enters treatment at the beginning of the novel primarily at the behest of her husband, who is at the end of his rope and fearful that he wouldn t be able to keep her alive on his own She is resistant to the idea of treatment at that time, filled up with fear and denial.Zgheib explores the triggering events that led up to Anna s situation, from her demanding background in ballet to her sense of isolation as an immigrant in America Anna s background felt like one of the biggest strengths of this novel There is no single factor which led to her developing an eating disorder the reasons are myriad and the descent was gradual As is often the case in real life, compounding traumas and pressures slowly built up to a mental health crisis, and it s difficult to say how Anna would have fared if even one of these factors had been different Zgheib seems to take pains to lend a sense of realism to Anna s recovery efforts throughout the novel Progress is treated with caution, as relapse is very common with anorexia, but the overall tone does not come across as pessimistic The reader sees Anna s mindset change slowly but drastically, spurred in part by a desire to reconnect with family members who have grown distant during her decline and in part through fear of ending up like some of the other girls she encounters in treatment There is nothing remarkably original or unique in the telling of this story a woman hits rock bottom, enters treatment for anorexia, falters and makes slow progress, and the story ends on a hopeful but still somewhat ambiguous note If you ve read a lot of novels about mental health, the structure will feel very familiar, but Zgheib s writing style is engaging and it feels very easy to connect with Anna The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a rewarding and poignant read, and I look forward to seeing what this author writes in the future You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish Facebook Instagram Tumblr flag 20 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Judy rated it really liked it A very absorbing and insightful story of a woman with anorexia nervosa and her admission to 17 Swann Street, a rehab facility for women with eating disorders both anorexia and bulimia Anna Roux weighed only 88 pounds when she came to 17 Swann Street She was in her early 20 s and had been a ballerina in Paris before she moved to St Louis, Missouri with her husband who accepted a job offer there The girls at the facility are very supportive of each other and Anna is one of the lucky ones who A very absorbing and insightful story of a woman with anorexia nervosa and her admission to 17 Swann Street, a rehab facility for women with eating disorders both anorexia and bulimia Anna Roux weighed only 88 pounds when she came to 17 Swann Street She was in her early 20 s and had been a ballerina in Paris before she moved to St Louis, Missouri with her husband who accepted a job offer there The girls at the facility are very supportive of each other and Anna is one of the lucky ones whose husband loves her and wants her to get well.I liked the character development which allowed a peek into the lives of the girls and how they were coping in various ways and how some were not really coping The descriptions of the routines were interesting gradually upping calorie intake rules for meals and what happens when they don t follow the rules and eat everything they are fed the various counsellors seen regularly The story was well written and flowed well I liked the progression of the story throughout.I have always found eating disorders fascinating, so this book for me was insightful to the mental processes that can cause them and the work the patients have to achieve to attempt to conquer them It seems a truly difficult struggle to maintain any form of normalcy My heart goes out to those going through these diseases.Thanks to Yar Zgheib and St Martin s Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed the book flag 19 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 25, 2018 Martie Nees Record rated it really liked it Genre FictionPublisher St Martin s PressPub Date February 5, 2019Due to the blurb The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream The bread was difficult, but if she could just lose a little weight the reader knows right away that the story will revolve around a young female with an eating disorder Author Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar, which explains her intelligent yet poignant prose Her novel is inspired by her own experience with the dise Genre FictionPublisher St Martin s PressPub Date February 5, 2019Due to the blurb The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream The bread was difficult, but if she could just lose a little weight the reader knows right away that the story will revolve around a young female with an eating disorder Author Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar, which explains her intelligent yet poignant prose Her novel is inspired by her own experience with the disease The story is eerily similar to the movie Girl Interrupted, the true story of Susanna Kaysen played by Winona Ryder Though they depict different mental disorders, both are heartbreaking stories of girls living in a treatment center, fighting a disease that can take their life Both characters are at a crossroad between deciding to live in such a facility forever or to attempt to rejoin society like all addictions, easier said than done Since I skipped the blurb, I wasn t aware of the book s subject matter I probably wouldn t have picked this novel to review because I am someone who has lived long enough to have heard and read countless female celebs who have talked of their anorexia bulimia during interviews and or read of their disorder in their autobiographies Plus, I grew up in the age of Twiggy Back then, all of us girls starved ourselves to look like her In the 1960s, at least where I grew up, no one had ever even heard of the term eating disorder For me, the disease didn t seriously enter my consciousness until 1983, when singer Karen Carpenter died due to heart failure brought on by her unpublicized anorexia On a personal note, for someone who survived the age of the Twiggy look, it was disheartening to observe the skinniness fetish make a comeback in the heroin chic of the 1990s With that said, I applaud that the author frequently mentions the inpatients who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder PTS Unaddressed trauma can manifest itself as an eating disorder It can be deadly when the eating disorder is treated but not the underlying trauma Sadly, these are the unlucky girls and young women who often die from starving or binging or both I was similarly impressed that the author, in a debut novel, uses an unusual writing style The story is told in different fonts One for internal thoughts and another for external words, there is also a third style It is used as the sort of commentary that you would find in a medical journal This is how Zgheib weaves education into the plot to enlighten the reader throughout the novel.In a nutshell, I can safely write that if you are struggling with the disorder yourself, or if you are unfamiliar with the topic, this story will make you cry skeletal women gasping to breathe , and learn the causes of the disease and hopefully grow as with other addictions one is never considered cured, but may learn to live a good life However, I suggest that you skip this one if you have read the many other titles out there on the subject, such as, Wasted A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia or Brave Girl Eating A Family s Struggle with Anorexia Swann Street is a good novel, but I didn t find anything new in the story that wasn t said before.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at Me Alone I am Reading Reviewing Martie s Book flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 29, 2018 Elizabeth rated it really liked it Tl dr A thoughtful look at anorexia, written with grace and hope.The Girls at 17 Swann Street tackles eating disorders, specifically anorexia, through the pov of Anna, a 26 year old from France who develops anorexia after she and her husband, Matthias, move to Kansas Although it s clear from bits of Anna s past that are revealed throughout that she had earlier indications of being headed for an eating disorder The novel opens with Anna moving into 17 Swann Street for treatment as her weight h Tl dr A thoughtful look at anorexia, written with grace and hope.The Girls at 17 Swann Street tackles eating disorders, specifically anorexia, through the pov of Anna, a 26 year old from France who develops anorexia after she and her husband, Matthias, move to Kansas Although it s clear from bits of Anna s past that are revealed throughout that she had earlier indications of being headed for an eating disorder The novel opens with Anna moving into 17 Swann Street for treatment as her weight has become so low her body is in imminent danger of shutting down Anna is resigned and resistant to the idea of treatment, and horrified by the amount of food she is expected to eat.One of the things I especially liked about The Girls at 17 Swann Street is how well it describes the mindset of someone with anorexia I ve lost two family members to it, and it is a disease People with anorexia view food intake not as something that can be controlled, although it does seem to start that way, but it s really about fear Anorexics, and Ms Zgheib, excels at showing this, stop eating for any number of complex psychological reasons, but by the time they become so sick as to need help, their ability to think of food, view food, and consume food is trapped in a cycle of fear and anger and often, self loathing Anorexia can t be cured by simply eating because for anorexics, distorted self image and utter, overwhelming terror of food itself makes what some view as fixable actually very difficult to treat.Anna does go through a lot of these symptoms and although some may wish that Anna s past was explored , her past has been consumed by anorexia just as she has Her memories are almost all centered around food, even the happy ones, and there are several heartbreaking moments where Anna tries to drawn on these memories to remember the taste of certain foods, only to realize she can t That s how pervasive and destructive anorexia is an anorexic needs to eat, but will struggle, even in recovery, to remember those tastes again To have those tastes again.There are several other residents of 17 Swann Street, but the one who stuck with me hardest besides Anna is Emm, who acts as the home s resident mother hen and whose gradually revealed story is just devastating.Although Anna does get to a better place by the end of The Girls at 17 Swann Street, she is honest about how fighting anorexia will be a forever battle and, through materials she s read during her stay, informs herself and the reader of the high rate of relapse I thought The Girls at 17 Swann Street was very deft, tone wise It has hope, but sorrow too Joy, but sadness It ends in a way that feels positive without ignoring reality And the writing is just lovely Anna is easy to like, as are all the women she meets, and I m grateful to Ms Zgheib for providing a thoughtful look into an easily sensationalized disease Highly recommended for anyone dealing with a family member who has an eating disorder, and for those looking for a contemporary title that s not afraid to tackle an tough issue, but does so with compassion Many thanks to St Martin s Press and Netgalley for a review copy flag 16 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Aug 30, 2018 PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps rated it liked it Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib in exchange for my honest review Anna begins residential treatment for anorexia in a setting with six other women One will die One will be kicked out One will be taken away in an ambulance never to return One may remain forever Anna must decide whether to engage in treatment and which she wants to be.I ve read plenty of YA books with characters who have eating disorders THE GIRLS Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib in exchange for my honest review Anna begins residential treatment for anorexia in a setting with six other women One will die One will be kicked out One will be taken away in an ambulance never to return One may remain forever Anna must decide whether to engage in treatment and which she wants to be.I ve read plenty of YA books with characters who have eating disorders THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET is the first literary fiction for me The format of the book confused me, which may in part be due to the egalley not yet finished editing Both past interactions and dialogue was set in italics and the dialogue didn t have quotation marks, so that confused me Yara Zgheib or editing switched from present to past to dialogue within the same chapter, necessitating pausing to figure out where the story was Zgheib s writing engaged me, at times almost poetic in its beauty.While Anna has an interesting backstory, I didn t find her character interesting Her kindness toward the other residents endeared her to me I would have liked to know about the other residents and their points of view The biggest drawback to THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET was that the treatment center, set in in St Louis, bears no resemblance to eating disorder treatment in the United States Nurses performed surgery at their station Ambulances frequently carted off residents The treatment was said to be covered by insurance, including that of a resident who had been in and out of the same facility for 4 years, residents were allowed to stay as long as they needed treatment, insurance just wanted to make sure the patients were taken care of insert rolling eyes emoticon After residential treatment, they could count on 4 9 months of day treatment If mental illness had that level of treatment, people would be a lot better off But I digress Zgheib could have done some research and shown a realistic setting Staff would never refer to adult women working on recovery and maturing as girls , they would be called women The therapeutic activities and case notes were well done and my favorite parts of the story Most readers probably won t be as picky as details as I am THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET is a unique look at eating disorder treatment and recovery that will interest YA and adult readers flag 16 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 14, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley The course of treatment for anorexia is painful but not impossible If you really want to recover, you will I strongly recommend The Girls at 17 Swann Street this book was exceptionally authentic, emotional, and poignant I personally have struggled with eating binge and purge , in my teens and heavily in my early 20 s I could relate and sympathize so much with Anna and her guilt and feelings I loved her character and didn t want the book to end I would love a follow up to be written to k The course of treatment for anorexia is painful but not impossible If you really want to recover, you will I strongly recommend The Girls at 17 Swann Street this book was exceptionally authentic, emotional, and poignant I personally have struggled with eating binge and purge , in my teens and heavily in my early 20 s I could relate and sympathize so much with Anna and her guilt and feelings I loved her character and didn t want the book to end I would love a follow up to be written to know how Anna is doing Anorexia nervosa makes the brain shrink it cannibalizes itself It must it is starved but it must keep working Gray matter must be sacrificed My brain must have eaten up sections where my hope, ambition, dreams were Thoughts like when, soon, tomorrow are fantasies I can no longer imagine The residential treatment portion of 17 Swann Street was not very realistic to how residential treatment is or at least how I know it to be from working in residential myself Insurance doesn t like to pay for anything, stabilize and get the heck out, under the guise that the least restrictive means to treatment is the best when they may be pushing someone too quickly and the patient has not developed enough skills to move to intensive outpatient I really enjoyed the case notes and found them to be extremely realistic to notes I have written when working in residential treatment as an addiction counselor Certain words and phrases here are inappropriate here She calls them triggering No talk of food or exercise, no mention of weight or calories My disease is not to be mentioned by name a vague eating disorder is fine If I am sad and want to die, I should say I am struggling If I want to run away, throw myself under a bus, then I am having an urge If I feel fat or worthless or ugly, I have body image issues These verbal gymnastics are to be applied at all times and to every subject I can t wait to read what Yara Zgheib comes out with next BIG thank you to Netgalley and St Martin s Press for allowing me to read The Girls at 17 Swann Street in exchange for my honest review flag 17 likesLike see review View all 3 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity The Girls at 17 Swann Street 2 3 Jan 31, 2019 02 58AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Yara Zgheib 79 followers 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 tudes Diplomatiques et Strat giques 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, T 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 tudes Diplomatiques et Strat giques 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 writes on culture, art, travel, and philosophy on her blog, Aristotle at Afternoon Tea Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. My reviews can also be seen at 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 and come back to it But once I picked it up, I didn t want to put it down, and before I knew it, I was finishing the last page and closing the book.The book begins as twenty six year old Anna Roux is moving into Bedroom 5 at 17 Swann Street.Anna is originally from France She is a dancer but hasn t d My reviews can also be seen at was really loo [...]

    2. 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 begins with the 26 year old Anna Roux entering 17 Swann Street, a residential medical treatment house inhabited by vulnerable and fragile women As the narrative goes back and forth in time, we learn of Anna s dedication to her career as a professional ballet dancer in Paris, an ex boyfriend who dama Y [...]

    3. 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 loved ones lives as well I used to eat I used to like to eat, then I grew scared to eat, ceased to eat Now my stomach hurts I have been anorexic so long that I have forgotten how to eat Anna Roux was a professional dancer who had to temporarily stop dancing due to an injury She thought she would I [...]

    4. 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, but this gives it to you from an emotional front The chapters move between present day Anna, a history of how she arrived at needing treatment and the clinic s assessment forms The balance of it all works well I would have liked to have seen a little on how the earlier events in her life le This is [...]

    5. 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 try The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a breathtakingly beautiful novel that opens your eyes to the demons of eating disorders Yara Zgheib swept me off my feet with her words that left me haunted, raw, and teary eyed throughout this entire novel.The story begins with 26 year old Anna entering 17 Swann Street residential treatment center for women that struggle with eating disorders Wh Oh my [...]

    6. 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 diagnosed, the patient is usually very near death It takes no less than a miracle to beat anorexia, all the odds are in the opposite directionE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET is one of the most affecting stories I ve ever read It s not just a tale of eating disorders, it s a tale of women fighting for t FIVE STAR [...]

    7. A harrowing novel about a twenty six year old Parisian girl battling anorexia Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.It opens up with Anna, the main character, as she checks into 17 Swann Street, a residence that provides treatment to women with eating disorders The name Anna is not random, many sufferers refer to anorexia as ana The illness, the center, and the characters are depicted in a complex and compassionate light The author did and excellent job describing the A harro [...]

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