—BEYOND CHRON SAN FRANCISCO

“Beautifully written, poetic.”
"It seems as if you’re reading a painting."
“The book’s politics are targeted toward the question of values and whether one’s desire to pursue art and love should be sacrificied for money and practicality.”

This beautifully written, poetic novel is leaps and bounds ahead of the typical coming of age novel that crowds summer reading lists. Written as a first-person account of a young woman’s experiences in her last year of high school and through college, the book is a throwback to the days when the joy from reading came from the quality of writing as opposed to simply the plot. It is all too rare today to see a novel targeted to a below-30 audience that avoids the usual stereotypes and seeks greater meaning from the characters relationships with family, friends and lovers. The book is in the style of a confessional, but laces poetry and brilliant descriptions throughout so it sometimes seems as if you are reading a painting. This book is not for everyone. If you need a plot-intensive book that keeps you reading late into the night, skip this work. Hamman is offering a book you will savor—I was in no rush to complete it as I did not want it to end. The book is set in the Hamptons and New York City, though the main character is far from wealthy. Hamann includes many jibes against the Reagan Administration, though the book’s politics are targeted toward the larger question of our values and whether one’s desire to pursue art and love should be sacrificied for money and practicality.

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