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The girls at 17 Swann Street, Yara Zgheib

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The girls at 17 Swann Street
Title
The girls at 17 Swann Street
Statement of responsibility
Yara Zgheib
Title variation
Girls at seventeen Swann Street
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A French ballerina with self-perception challenges descends into anorexia when an injury sidelines her career, landing her in a support home for women with life-threatening eating disorders
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Review
  • A mesmerizing glimpse inside a rehab program for victims of anorexia. This fictional account of one young woman's life-saving journey is eye opening with its descriptions and statistics. For readers who enjoy fiction about social and psychological issues, and books by Wally Lamb and Chris Bohjalian. -- Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Library, Lake Mills, WI. (LibraryReads, February 2019)
  • /* Starred Review */ In her powerful debut, Zgheib masterfully chronicles the pain of an anorexic’s distorted thinking and intense fear of food in a riveting diarylike structure. Plucked from Paris to St. Louis, former dancer Anna Aubry Roux is 26 years old, married, and in the fight of her life with a severe eating disorder. After fainting in the bathroom and being discovered by her husband, Anna 
			is sent to a residential treatment facility. She is still in denial about her condition, even as she drops to 88 pounds. As she bonds with the other women, including former Olympian hopeful Emm and tortured Ivy League grad Valerie, Anna sees herself in them, and they in her; indeed, it is the residents who show Anna how much she has to live for. Anna’s fits and starts toward recovery are realistically and poignantly depicted. The author also adroitly shows how past traumas (for Anna, her brother’s death in a car accident and her mother’s death by suicide) can manifest in a relentless need for control. This is an impressive, deeply moving debut. 100,000-copy announced first printing. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/17/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 51, p)
  • A French expat battles anorexia at an in-patient facility in the American Midwest. The plot of Zgheib's debut novel is very simple: Anna, a 26-year-old, checks into a treatment facility for anorexia at the behest of her beloved husband, who cannot continue to pretend she is not starving. It was not always like this: Once, Anna was a ballet dancer in Paris, where she and Matthias exuberantly fell in love. But then Anna got injured and stopped dancing, and Matthias took a job in St. Louis, and she followed, and now here she is in Bedroom 5 at 17 Swann St., amid a crew of other women, in varying states of distress. Some of them will get better. Some of them won't. "You're one of the lucky ones," one of the girls tells her, shortly after her arrival. "You have a reason to survive." This turns out to be true. Over her weeks of treatment—time is demarcated with medical reports, helpfully summarizing her weight and mental state—Anna fights treatment and then surrenders to it. Most of the novel is concerned with the details of her recovery, which are wrenching, in a quiet sort of way: the agony of eating half a bagel with cream cheese; the guilt over what she's put her family through. We also get flashbacks to her life before illness: childhood walks with her father; eating crepes on her wedding day. There are heavy hints of past traumas—a bad boyfriend; a dead brother and mother; a stagnant dance career—but mercifully, Zgheib doesn't spend much time connecting these too closely to Anna's current state, an acknowledgment that the disease, like Anna, is complicated. And yet the novel's greatest strength is its simplicity. There is no unusually dramatic backstory; Matthias is kind and relentlessly loving; Anna is, in all but her Frenchness, unexceptional. It's a story we've read before; it's moving nonetheless. A nuanced portrait of a woman struggling against herself. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10755057
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DLC
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Zgheib, Yara
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3626.G44
LC item number
G57 2019
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Ballet dancers
  • Dancers
  • Depression, Mental
  • Failure (Psychology)
Target audience
adult
Label
The girls at 17 Swann Street, Yara Zgheib
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
370 pages
Isbn
9781250202444
Lccn
2018030148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1083341300
  • (OCoLC)1083341300
Label
The girls at 17 Swann Street, Yara Zgheib
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
370 pages
Isbn
9781250202444
Lccn
2018030148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1083341300
  • (OCoLC)1083341300

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