Girl, uninterrupted

By Louise Wareham Leonard In Books

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21st August, 2010
Anthropology of an American Girl is a fierce, driven novel that spills all onto its 600 pages. New York author Hilary Thayer Hamann holds nothing back, pouring out her story with a straight­forward simplicity and intensity. Her ­terrain is contemporary, her time is the late 1970s and early 80s, and she provides, at last, a female counterpoint to the likes of Bret Easton Ellis and the former literary brat pack. The novel opens with its protagonist, Eveline Auerbach, entering her last year of school in late 70s Easthampton. In the next pages, we witness everything familiar about ...

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