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Lit Syndicate #50: Florence in Ecstasy

July's book club pick is Jessie Chaffee's Florence in Ecstasy! We'll meet to discuss Chaffee's provocative debut novel on Monday, August 8th. Light refreshments and wine will be served at 6:30 and the discussion will begin promptly at 7PM.

About the book:

"A young 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 and is drawn into Florence’s vibrant present: 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 ecstatic searches for meaning through denial illuminate the seduction of her own struggles.

A vivid, visceral debut echoing the novels of Jean Rhys, Elena Ferrante, and Catherine Lacey, Florence in Ecstasy gives us an arresting new vision of a woman’s attempt to find meaning―and find herself―in an unstable world."
- Unnamed Press

Florence in Ecstasy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781944700171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now, Please Call to Confirm!
Published: Unnamed Press - May 16th, 2017

Event date: 

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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