Jessie Chaffee


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 HubElectric LiteratureThe RumpusSlice, 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

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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