—ELLE MAGAZINE

“Oscar-nominated An Education meets the iconic Catcher in the Rye.”
“A relatable and rawly emotional tale.”
“This…story helps you ‘appreciate being alive.’”

When Hamann self-published this novel in 2003, cult followers soon snatched up all 5,000 copies. This reworked and edited version of her debut novel is being compared to the Oscar-nominated An Education meets the iconic Catcher in the Rye. The novel’s every twist and turn brings a relatable and rawly emotional tale. As Hamann explains, “most have at one time or another lost their ability to speak for themselves, most have searched for the meaning of love and home.” It’s the end of the ’70s as we begin to follow East Hampton, New York, teenager Eveline through a series of traumatic events—a death, a rape, an ongoing love affair with a teacher, her tremulous relationship with her mother, and adventures through college. We hope as much as Hamann does that this layered story helps you “appreciate being alive.”

http://www.elle.com/Pop-Culture/Movies-TV-Music-Books/Top-10-Summer-Books-for-2010

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