The Girls of 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
Her happy marriage is not enough to keep Anna Roux from letting her obsessions with food take over her life. The former dancer followed her new husband from Paris to Minnesota. She's left alone to let her thoughts of turn to the things she just wasn't good enough to achieve, the loneliness she feels in this new community, and her frustration with her weight.
Soon, Anna is under 90 pounds and still hoping to take off more weight. Her diet is no more than an apple and maybe a handful of plain, air-popped popcorn, and nothing more. Desperate to save his wife, Anna's husband convinces her to go to 17 Swann Street. There, experts work with the girls residing within the charming home to overcome their eating disorders that threaten to end their lives.
As Anna joins the others, she struggles to get used to the daily routines that include counseling sessions, six meals a day, and the power of friendship.
The Girls of 17 Swann Street is beautifully written. My heart broke for Anna, but despite the sad situation, the power each of the women in 17 Swann is so clearly portrayed. It's a sad topic, yet it wasn't made to be depressing. It's uplifting and I hope it really helps someone.
It took me back to high school when we had a guest speaker. She was the mother of a girl who had anorexia. The stories that woman told haunt me. I saw a lot of her daughter in Anna. It made me feel hopeful that somewhere that girl found her own 17 Swann.
Read this book. You won't be disappointed by Anna's journey.