"Read of the Month," September 2003

At just 600 pages, H.T. Hamann’s Anthropolgy of an American Girl (Vernacular Press, $30) might take a bit of time to get through, but it’s worth the eyestrain. The story follows the life of a young artist named Eveline who grows up during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Starting out when she’s a 17 year-old high school student in East Hampton and following her to New York City and college life, the book tackles everything from troubled relationships to a friend’s suicide. “This story isn’t sugarcoated,” says Hamann, “I really try to have this girl go through situations and issues in a way that invites every perspective. You see her getting involved in predicaments that could be prevented, but you understand why she’s doing it. She suffers a lot because she has to grow.”

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