—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.”

Prom, graduation, college admission—and rejection, first love, heartbreak and thwarted passion. For one who has lived through the post-adolescent season of spring turning to summer, and, though curious, has no desire to relive the experience, spend the long Memorial Day weekend with Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel. Moving beyond the high school years and less compressed and stylized than “The Catcher in the Rye,” a version of this novel was self-published in 2003 and found a huge audience, and with good reason. Reworked since then, it is more than a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story. 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.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-05-21/entertainment/chi-books-ec-anthropology-american-girl-hamann_1_american-girl-hilary-thayer-hamann-novel

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