Anthropology of an American Girl

Anthropology of an American Girl
Hilary Thayer Hamann
Reviewed by Claire Stewart
Corsair
Thu, 04/08/2011
9781849016957
£8.99

This ambitious début is a coming-of-age novel from the perspective of a young woman, spanning her first tastes of love, sexual awakening and self-discovery. Eveline meets the materialistic and polarised truths of America while struggling with her own identity, shaped by men and economic circumstances, by the social realms of her country and the notion of womanhood. Readers will find genuine moments of recognition as Hamann cuts incisively to the heart of the hubris of youth.

While occasionally over-emphasising gender issues, this is an engaging read reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis and Candace Bushnell; a significant voice writing about her time, place and experience with honesty.

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