“If publishers could figure out a way to turn crack into a book, it'd read a lot like this.”
“Exquisitely rendered.”
“Eveline is a marvelously complex and tragic figure of disconnection, startlingly real and exposed at all times.”

—KIRKUS (Starred)

“Intelligent and without a false note—a memorable work.”
“Closely observed, Holden Caulfieldish story of teendom.”
“Eveline is bright, precocious.”
“The details are exactly right, down to the depressing air of a high-school hallway.”


"Henry James meets the 21st century."
“Eveline is not a stereotypical "American Girl"; nor is the book a standard coming-of-age story.”


Remember what it feels like to be 17? Hamann does, and her heroine, Eveline Auerbach, sounds like somebody many of us knew—or were.”

—CHICAGO TRIBUNE by Elizabeth Taylor

“A version of this novel was self-published in 2003 and found a huge audience, and with good reason.”
“Hamann has a hugely engaging voice and one that is rich with social and psychological insights into Reagan-era America as she creates a young, artistic woman with dreams who is buffeted about by reality.”


“The book showcases all the nuance and character insight of the masters. But it also has a thrilling contemporary edge that seems to just about perfectly capture the ethos, angst and danger of a time close to our own.”
“Thayer’s greatest contribution…is her protagonist, Eveline Auerbach.”
“Evie is actually the descendant of literary forebears like Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, Augie March and every other young, terribly smart, prototypical American who is “coming of age” inside the pages of a book.”
“The author is pitch perfect in rendering the times.”
 “It’s a time that’s post-postwar and pre-Internet, and it’s never seemed so intriguing.”
“Evie’s narrative voice, fueled by a vibrant, vivid descriptive sensibility and a thought process that’s unusually assured, really begins to take off.”
“It’s easy to get hooked by one of the most engaging, evolving voices in contemporary fiction.”
 “Thayer’s rendering of Evie’s love for Rourke exquisitely captures the lure, power and all-consuming heat of the emotion.”
“Thayer so fully imbues her characters with recognizable humanity that they stand up and demand to be heard. The novelist is also awfully good as a writer. There’s a wonderful literary rendering of something on nearly every page. Bad manners have never been so well described.”


“A stern rebuke to chick lit everywhere.”
“It reminds us that all human lives are potentially sacred; that no lives should be judged and dismissed out of hand; that young women, though seen for eons as primarily just attractive objects, actually possess soul and will and sentience.”
"Anthropology of an American Girl" is also a very respectable and serious descendant of the work of D.H. Lawrence.”
The first 300 pages here are unique, a wonderful rendering of decent kids enjoying a tenuous peace and contentment they can barely comprehend.”
“I finished this book with regret. Hamann has put together a carefully devised, coherent world, filled with opinions that need to be spoken—and heard.”


“This impressive debut is epic but not overwrought, and brilliant without the slightest hint of smugness.”
“Its concerns—heartbreak, self-discovery and loss—are universal.”
“Hamann has taken a familiar theme, coming of age, and created an utterly original novel.”
“On every page, Hamann's prose brims with energy and insight.”
“A rare kind of novel—at once sprawling and intimate—whose excellence matches its grand ambition.”


"Gorgeous detail and nuanced thought."
“Anthropology of an American Girl is an extraordinary debut, updating the 19th-century social-psychological novel of romance and manners. Like Jane Austen, George Eliot or Edith Wharton, Hamann critiques her era and culture through the tale of a precocious young woman buffeted by the accidents, values and consequences of her age.”
“Poetically rendered, astute perceptions.”
“One of the pleasures in this novel is a wealth of status-life details evoking the era. More deeply, it rivets through a rawness of complex emotion.”
“Hamann's particular gift is her language—syntax laden with metaphor and analogy, which fly effortlessly from Evie's philosophical, sensual way of seeing.”