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The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Tuesday and happy publication day to this beautiful story!

I am so delighted to be part of the blog tour and share with you today my review for this hauntingly exquisite story guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings!💛🦢

  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street

  • By: Yara Zgheib
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-05-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

My Thoughts

A hauntingly powerful story alive with heartbreak and hope!

Yara Zgheib’s debut is a stunning story resplendent with compassion and heart! An important story, a story that needed to be told, and that could not have been told any better than it was in this book…Miss Zgheib handles the tough and emotional subject of eating disorders with a gentle and loving hand… she handles the subject in a realistic and raw manner, but never lost sight of or compassion for those who suffer…. approximately 1 in 20 Americans suffer from some type of eating disorder in their lifetime… I have work in the fitness industry my entire adult life and I can attest to the fact that eating disorders can manifest in many forms and at any age… my daughter was a competitive dancer when she was younger and the same rules apply in the dance world… there is such an emphasis in so much pressure on women young and old to be thin and fit and perfect especially today when so much is out there on social media…. I truly believe this story will make so many women realize that they are not alone and that there is so much more to life than being thin….

This is Anna’s story… Anna is a 26-year-old exdancer who just moved from France to Missouri with her loving husband Mateus… Anna used to be happy and full of life, she used to be able to enjoy ice cream and french fries… then her relationship with food became toxic and life-threatening… One day when her husband found her after she fainted in the bathroom, they knew it was time for her to get help…. that is when Anna enters the treatment center at 17 Swann Street…

The story is told from the present and the past… Anna’s life leading up to her present situation, including an abusive boyfriend… as well as Anna’s time spent in the treatment center… I really enjoyed getting to know all the girls at 17 Swann Street and hearing their own unique stories…. I also like how the meal plans and treatment notes were interspersed throughout the book, it really added some authenticity to the story… Anna was such a sweet caring girl with such a big heart I had so much compassion for her throughout the story… I was so happy she had such an amazing support system within the treatment center and an incredible husband who was really a rock!

Such an elegant, honest, and emotional story that will have a hold on your heart long after the last page has been read! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by one of my favorite narrators Saskia Maarleveld… she told the story with so much compassion and beauty… she really painted a beautiful picture with her voice!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head, this was not easy I needed to find a hauntingly beautiful song that really was worthy of such a lovely story!
Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
But baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love…

*** many many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this beautiful book ***

About the Book

The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more 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 more mile, lost just one more 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.
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.
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Meet the Author

About the Author:
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’études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques 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” (http://www.aristotleatafternoontea.com/).
Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨

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We are Berit and Vicci... two girls from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books 💕📚

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