A brilliant exploration of the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herelf as she encounters love, passion, and death amid the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up.
Self-published in 2003, Hilary Thayer Hamann's Anthropology of an American Girl touched a nerve among readers, who identified with the sexual and intellectual awakening of its heroine, a young woman on the brink of adulthood. A moving depiction of the transformative power of first love, Hamann's first novel follows Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, New York, in the 1970s through her early adulthood in the moneyed, high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s.
Centring on Evie's fragile relationship with her family and her thwarted love affair with Harrison Rourke, a professional boxer, the novel is both a love story and an exploration of the difficulty of finding one's place in the world. As Evie surrenders to the dazzling emotional highs of love and the crippling loneliness of heartbreak, she strives to reconcile her identity with the constraints that all relationships-whether those familial or romantic, uplifting to the spirit or quietly detrimental-inherently place on us. Though she stumbles and strains against social conventions, Evie remains a strong yet sensitive observer of the world around her, often finding beauty and meaning in unexpected places.
Anthropology of an American Girl is an extraordinary piece of writing, original in its vision and thrilling in its execution.
Hilary Thayer Hamann was born and raised in Manhattan until the age of seven. For the remainder of her childhood she divided her time between the Bronx, East Hampton and Sag Harbor (where she's currently based). Anthropology was previously named a Fiction Finalist for the 2003 Book of the Year Awards in Foreword Magazine, Notable Fiction in Writers Notes Magazine, as well as a Read of the Month in Elle Girl magazine.
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format