Fiction author, creative writer, fiction author new york, ny. She was, at that moment, all that mid victorian convention could require of a teenage girl, writes. Consider sarah jacobs, the welsh fasting girl, who claimed to have. As promised, the 2005 reading list of crystal farnsworth, the george fox college senior who captured first place in my annual reading contest. Mystery of mollie fancher, the fasting girl, and others. In 19441945, dr ancel keys, a specialist in nutrition and the inventor of the kratio. Mystery of mollie fancher, the fasting girl, and others who lived. When preparing for book one, i talked to a couple of psychiatrists about psychosomatic phenomena, neuroses and dissociative conditions, for example the socalled hysterical blindness.
Prolific magazine writer stacey, whose praiseworthy debut consumed, 1997 examined americas obsession with food, resurrects from victorian medical annals the clamor and intrigue once surrounding a. Staceys lively, thorough and nuanced examination of the medical. Michelle staceys the fasting girl a true victorian medical mystery tells the fascinating story of mollie fancher of brooklyn who, after a fall from a streetcar, becomes a bedridden invalid until the end of her life. The public journals have lately told a strange story of the fasting girl of wales. Read about books on consciousness, sex and aggression, aging, nightmares and more. She gives just enough information to entice the reader to the next chapter, interspersing the details of mollies life with background information on the victorian era, early brooklyn, and the history of neurosis. The fasting girl is journalist michelle staceys portrait of one of these. As a result of this change the manifestation of healing, wisdom, knowledge and understanding etc is released. The vicar called her a miracle child, but skeptical doctors decided to put her. View michelle staceys profile on linkedin, the worlds largest professional community. In varley oconnors novel, the welsh fasting girl, a nineteenthcentury. The fasting girl quotes share book recommendations with.
The brooklyn enigma history, haunted history, mystery of. Emma donoghues new novel explores the fasting girls of victorian ireland. Michelle staceys the fasting girl a true victorian medical mystery tells the fascinating story of mollie fancher of brooklyn who, after a fall from a streetcar, becomes. By the time the truth was revealed, she had starved nearly to death. The fasting girl a true victorian medical mystery on a warm june day in 1865, a young woman named mollie fancher suffered a catastrophic accident aboard a horsedrawn trolley on brooklyns fulton street. Michelle stacey is the author of the fasting girl 3. In 1880, the curtain was about to rise on the age of neurosis. Conversion disorder quotes share book recommendations. She was also described as an excellent student, with real courage and ambition. The actual proportions of this epidemic are still unclear, although the. Victorian americas foremost anorexic became hugely famous for. Twelveyearold sarah jacob was the most famous of the victorian fasting girls, who. Although this book is a nonfiction account of miss fanchers life and celebrity, michelle stacey writes it as if it was a mystery novel. Her early life had had some troubles, but no more than were successfully faced by many people in that or any other period.
The new york city subway system actually, what more than a few people had begun to notice was the beginning of something new to the times something that would grow, like ooze in a science. Tourists flock to the cabin of elevenyearold anna odonnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Some have claimed to, including certain holy persons. Often it was triggered by a shock or trauma experienced on a train, and law books of the 1880s are full of suits brought against railroad companies for all manner of alleged injuries that led to fear and disability.
In addition to refusing food, fasting girls claimed to have special religious or magical powers. Donoghue, the author of more than a dozen books, has developed something of a. The complete guide to keto book by michelle stacey. Lauded by entertainment weekly as one of the top ten books of 2002 and compared by the chicago tribune to simon winchesters the professor and the madman. This novel moves fast, in wild and unpredictable ways. In 19441945, dr ancel keys, a specialist in nutrition and the inventor of the kration, led a carefully controlled yearlong study of starvation at the university of minnesota laboratory of physiological hygiene. Buy this book in 1878, a brooklynite named mollie fancher, bedridden and afflicted with mysterious symptoms after a serious accident with a. Already for a decade or two before his description, railway neurosis had been a common medical and social phenomenon. A true victorian medical mystery, by michelle stacey putnam. In some cases, the fasting girls also exhibited the appearance of stigmata.
For an interesting account of one young womans struggle with anorexia in the 1860s, read the fasting girl. Michelle stacey toward the end of the nineteenth century, the lives of everyday americans were being transformed by new ideas and inventions, from electric lighting to crosscontinental trains to darwins shocking. Thus, upperclass victorian girls who decided to consume food or a. Michelle stacey writer, editor, consultant freelance. Victorian physicians for a variety of reasons related, in large part, to cultural. The book explores the hysteria phenomenon, starvation, fads in fasting, the treatment of neurosis, and conflicts between science and faith, among other big. A modern investigation of the case of a young victorian woman who. One or two hundred years from now, some writer will produce a study of the mania that overcame stock traders in the 1990s, when ignorance of the true capabilities of internet technology led to wild speculation and financial disaster. The puzzling story of mollie fancher and her times. Unable to prevent the girls tragic decline while doctors, nurses, and a local. I have relied heavily on this source for background. Improve your relationship with food eating for pleasure. The history of anorexia nervosa by joan jacobs brumberg.
Fasting girls is a fascinating history of anorexia and its treatments. As a magazine editor, stacey has worked on the staffs of womens health, shape, cosmopolitan, mademoiselle, savvy, and outside. One nineteenthcentury marvel in brooklyn alleged not only to. Mary jane mollie fancher appeared destined to be one of the most pleasantly average girls in brooklyn, new york. In that year, a new book titled neurasthenia defined a condition of general malaise, attributed to the stresses of modern life. For the first year of her confinement, mollie suffering from mysterious. Michelle staceys elegant book the fasting girl explores the mystery of mollie fancher and the deeper historical puzzle. She mines important works such as joan jacob brumbergs fasting girls for nuggets of information, but rarely engages their arguments. A fasting girl was one of a number of young victorian girls, usually pre adolescent, who claimed. A fasting girl was one of a number of young victorian girls, usually preadolescent, who claimed to be able to survive over indefinitely long periods of time without consuming any food or other nourishment. Her account pieces together her sources, rather than synthesizing or. Readers will learn about good and bad carbohydrates, the regimens potential health benefits, and the four kinds of keto diets standard, targeted, cyclical, and highprotein.
A true victorian medical mystery by michelle stacey 2002, hardcover at. The facts that make this case so very interesting are that this particular invalid claimed not to have eaten for at least. A history of western medicine, labor, and birth springerlink. The primary reason for fasting is to change a spiritual order. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.
Gluttonously good notices for this book about mollie fancher. In the latest by emma donoghue, lib, an english nurse is brought to a small irish village to observe what appears to be a miraclea girl said to have survived without food for months. A true victorian medical mystery michelle stacey putnam the claims of a 19thcentury girl that she subsisted on air alone earned her fame while igniting medical and cultural. The taking of david is a remarkable tale of a son struggling with the shadowy figure of his father. The writing style is compelling, full of interesting victorian details and observations but my interest waned after the mystery was solved less than 100 pages in. The women in sunset city and in the following books struggle to fit in. A true victorian medical mystery by michelle stacey. Doctors wrote contemptuously in medical publications of the religious. A fasting girl was one of a number of young victorian girls, usually preadolescent, who claimed. Michelle staceys most recent book is the fasting girl. Fancher molly of brooklyn, ny who in 1865 began suffering unexplained symptoms, including blindness, paralysis, and trances. Stacey fasting girl provides an accessible introduction to the keto diet in a guide rich with photos, charts, and lively text. It was hoped that the results would help relief workers in rehabilitating war refugees and concentration camp victims.159 938 700 1316 643 1191 505 168 663 1422 691 432 1507 973 106 379 1281 484 190 1467 1091 1184 499 1070 195 868 426 310 1415 1144 1397 1284 251 915 1313