The Welsh fasting girl (Book, 2019) [Beloit College]
skip to content
The Welsh fasting girl Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

The Welsh fasting girl

Author: Varley O'Connor
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"Twelve-year-old Sarah Jacob was the most famous of the Victorian fasting girls, who claimed to miraculously survive without food, serving as flashpoints between struggling religious, scientific, and political factions. In this novel based on Sarah's life and premature death from what may be the first documented case of anorexia, an American journalist, recovering from her husband's death in the Civil War, leaves  Read more...
You are not connected to the Beloit College network. Access to online content and services may require you to authenticate with your library. Remote Access
Getting this item's online copy... Getting this item's online copy...

Find a copy in the library

Getting this item's location and availability... Getting this item's location and availability...

WorldCat

Find it in libraries globally
Worldwide libraries own this item

Details

Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Connor, Varley, author.
Welsh fasting girl
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018049870
Named Person: Sarah Jacob; Sarah Jacob
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Varley O'Connor
ISBN: 9781942658627 1942658621
OCLC Number: 1050960525
Description: 351 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Varley O'Connor.

Abstract:

"Twelve-year-old Sarah Jacob was the most famous of the Victorian fasting girls, who claimed to miraculously survive without food, serving as flashpoints between struggling religious, scientific, and political factions. In this novel based on Sarah's life and premature death from what may be the first documented case of anorexia, an American journalist, recovering from her husband's death in the Civil War, leaves her home and children behind to travel to Wales, where she investigates Sarah's bizarre case by becoming the young girl's friend and confidante. Unable to prevent the girl's tragic decline while doctors, nurses, and a local priest keep watch, she documents the curious family dynamic, the trial that convicted Sarah's parents, and an era's hysterical need to both believe and destroy Sarah's seemingly miraculous power. Intense, dark, and utterly compelling, The Welsh Fasting Girl delves into the complexities of a true story to understand how a culture's anxieties led to the murder of a child" --
Retrieving notes about this item Retrieving notes about this item

Reviews

User-contributed reviews

Tags

All user tags (2)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.