A Fascinating Story of Courage, Friendship, and Survival
The Girls at 17 Swann St. is an enlightening, haunting novel about women who suffer from Anorexia. Anna is a twenty-six-year-old ballerina who used to love roller coasters, ice cream, and fries. She loved her family, her husband, and life itself. When a leg injury caused her to lose her dancing position, Anna was devastated. But when her husband received an offer to work in America, Anna’s spirits lifted. She was hoping to find a ballet opportunity in the States. She was wrong. Instead of dancing, Anna worked as a cashier in St. Louis, while her husband worked long hours as a physicist. Anna’s increasing depression and loneliness led her to lengthen her running times, eat less food, and lose weight. By the time Anna was admitted to 17 Swann St. treatment center, her food choices had narrowed down to only strawberries, and her body weight to 88 pounds.
It is difficult for anyone who does not suffer from Anorexia to understand it. This book illuminates for the reader the symptoms, treatment, and complications of this devastating disorder. It also provides insight into the Anorexic mind and emphasizes the seriousness of this chronic condition. The Girls At 17 Swann St gives the reader a realistic view of what Anorexia looks and feels like.
Although this book is heartwrenching and often, painful to read, it has its touching and heartwarming moments as well.
Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
~5 out of 5 stars~