The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
Anna was a dancer in Paris when she met Matthias. They were married and have always been very much in love. When he gets a job in the States she follows him to St. Louis. There she is lost. She has no family, no friends and she can’t get a job doing what she loves. Her isolation, her insecurities and her unhappiness leads her to control the one thing in her life she can — the food she puts in her mouth. Her anorexia becomes so bad she is down to 88 pounds on a five foot four inch frame. She is terrified of losing her husband so she agrees to go into treatment at 17 Swann Street.
It was obvious to me that the author suffered from anorexia at one time because she gave insight into the brains of women with eating disorders in a way I was able to understand. While I am not in danger of becoming anorexic or bulimic I could see how these women spiraled down into these awful disorders. Anyone wanting some insight into eating disorders, and the hope that a network or even an individual who loves the person suffering can imbue someone suffering with, really needs to read this book.