Jessie Chaffee


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 literature.

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.

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