Hilary Thayer Hamann, will read from and discuss Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel
one of the hottest reads of the year, is about a Long Island high school girl in the late 1970s. It’s an epic, a sweeping story that defines an era.
Remember what it feels like to be 17? Hamann does, and her heroine, Eveline Auerbach, sounds like somebody many of us knew - or were. Bright but disaffected, and rebellious, Eveline has been compared to Holden Caulfield - and the book, to Catcher In The Rye.
This ambitious work explores the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herself as she encounters love, passion, and death amid the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up.
As the book opens, Eveline’s principal instructor in angst is her boyfriend, Jack, but she soon abandons him for the sexier small-time boxer turned drama teacher, Harrison Rourke. When Rourke disappears, she takes up with a controlling rich kid masquerading as her protector. Hamann's depiction of the time and place is stunningly accurate in this realistic, resonant, and universal story.