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The Resource Florence in ecstasy : a novel, Jessie Chaffee

Florence in ecstasy : a novel, Jessie Chaffee

Label
Florence in ecstasy : a novel
Title
Florence in ecstasy
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jessie Chaffee
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young American woman arrives in Florence from Boston, knowing no one and speaking little Italian. But Hannah is isolated in a more profound way, estranged from her own identity after a bout with starvation that has left her life and body in ruins. She is determined to recover in Florence, a city saturated with beauty, vitality, and food—as well as a dangerous history of sainthood for women who starved themselves for God. Hannah joins a local rowing club, where Francesca, a welcoming but predatory Milanese, and Luca, a seemingly steady Florentine with whom she becomes involved, draw her into Florence’s vibrant present: the complex social dynamics at the club, soccer mania, eating, drinking, sex, an insatiable insistence on life. But Hannah is also rapt by the city’s past—the countless representations of beauty, the entrenched conflicts of politics and faith, and the lore of the mystical saints, women whose self-imposed isolation and ecstatic searches for meaning through denial illuminate the seduction of her own struggles. Both sides pull Hannah in: challenging her, defeating her, lifting her up. And when a figure from her past life in Boston reappears, threatening the delicate balance of her present, Hannah’s feverish personal excavation becomes caught up with the long history of women’s contention with body and spirit, desire and death
Cataloging source
IMmBT
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1979-
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Chaffee, Jessie
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Americans
  • Eating disorders
  • Secrecy
  • Florence (Italy)
Label
Florence in ecstasy : a novel, Jessie Chaffee
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9781944700171
Lccn
bl2017021530
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Florence in ecstasy : a novel, Jessie Chaffee
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9781944700171
Lccn
bl2017021530
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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