Jessie Chaffee's debut novel, Florence in
Ecstasy, will be published by the Unnamed Press in May 2017.
She was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Grant in Creative Writing to Italy
to complete the novel, during which time she was the
Writer-in-Residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her fiction has
been published in The Rumpus, Bluestem,
Global City Review, Big Bridge, and The Sigh
Press, among others. She lives with her husband in New York
City, where she is an editor at Words Without
Borders, an online magazine of international
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.