Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her writing has been published in Literary Hub, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Slice, and Global City Review, among others. She lives in New York City, where she is an editor at Words Without Borders, an online magazine of international literature. Find her at www.JessieChaffee.com.
Author photo by Heather Waraksa.
Books by Jessie Chaffee
Florence in Ecstasy
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 by an illness that
has left her life and body in ruins. A vivid, visceral debut echoing the novels
of Jean Rhys, Elena Ferrante, and Catherine Lacey, Florence in Ecstasy
offers an arresting new vision of a woman’s attempt to find meaning―and
herself―in an unstable world.