The Girls at 17 Swann Street (by Yara Zgheib) … emotional and heartwrenching story into the lives of those battling eating disorders

The story about a girl dealing with the loss of her love of dancing and dealing with anorexia was emotionally difficult to absorb.  The back-and-forth story line from Anna’s current time in the 17 Swann Street residential recovery program and her past was well written and flowed smoothly.  The relationships Anna develops with other women in the recovery program are healing and allows her to see that others are experiencing the same thing she is.  The support of the women is touching and crucial to their recovery.

This is an emotional and heart wrenching exploration into the lives of those battling eating disorders.  While I have not personally experienced this, I have known several girls/women who have.  It is a difficult journey for them as they learn to overcome their “disease.”  Anna is very blessed to have her husband and father to support her.  It is definitely something that helps her in her struggles.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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