—ROMANTIC TIMES—4 1/2 Stars/Top Pick (highest rating)

"Magnificently intense love story."
“Eveline is reflective of the social conditions around her, a spirit of her time and a touchpoint for people who came of age during the years of the sexual revolution. She honors honesty over conformity, is curious about everything and is a passionate respecter of beauty.”
“Hamann’s prose, perfectly and consistently written in Eveline’s voice, has been compared to Carson McCullers, Harper Lee and Willa Cather. In fact, comparison to Tom Wolfe, James Joyce and possibly Emily Dickinson works more easily.”
“Read this one for its poetic narrative, its wealth of metaphor, casting the familiar into the extraordinary, and its romantically uplifting ending.”

This magnificently intense love story could be designated a literary novel, but it shares one of the most important tenets of genre romance—that a sexual relationship without love ultimately destroys the possibility of living wholly. The author draws the reader into this study of the origin, culture and development of Eveline, the title’s American girl, with point and counterpoint in music and art. Eveline’s journey to womanhood begins with high school in the 1970s and takes her through college into adulthood. A highly aware artist, Eveline is reflective of the social conditions around her, a spirit of her time and a touchpoint for people who came of age during the years of the sexual revolution. She honors honesty over conformity, is curious about everything and is a passionate respecter of beauty. Her various relationships with men, including her father, her mother’s male friends, her high-school sweetheart and first sexual partner, Rourke, the professional fighter who’s her enduring love, and Mark, her rescuer and Rourke’s enemy, are explored. Hamann’s prose, perfectly and consistently written in Eveline’s voice, has been compared to Carson McCullers, Harper Lee and Willa Cather. In fact, comparison to Tom Wolfe, James Joyce and possibly Emily Dickinson works more easily. Read this one for its poetic narrative, its wealth of metaphor, casting the familiar into the extraordinary, and its romantically uplifting ending.

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