Jessie Chaffee is the author of the novel Florence in Ecstasy, recently published in Italy as La mia fame è troppo amore (Rizzoli/Fabbri) and forthcoming in five languages. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders. Find her at www.JessieChaffee.com.
There was a time in my life when food and my body became the enemy, when every meal was an accounting—I would break up my day’s rations into a mental list, stacking items one on top of the other. If the tower grew too high, I panicked. When writing my novel, Florence in Ecstasy, I […]
Each year on May 22 the Basilica of St. Rita in the Italian hill town of Cascia is filled with roses, blessed in honor of the fifteenth-century woman whose body is preserved there. Roses also fill churches in Rome, Madrid, Manila, Chicago, and Florence, where I find the doors of the church of Santo Spirito—so […]