Jessie Chaffee pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her debut novel, Florence in Ecstasy.
Chaffee is paired with Saint Mary Magdalene by Giampietrino; found in the European Art, floor 2, gallery 203. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.
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.
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.