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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary Thayer Hamann Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anthropology of an American Girl is a semi-autobiographical novel. It is the story of a young woman and her culture that strives for a measure of narrative depth, detail, and objectivity. It follows its protagonist, Eveline Auerbach, as she moves through a pre-digital American landscape during the 1970s and 1980s. In the most basic respect, it is a coming-of-age story that prescribes a return to simplicity as the most rational and ethical response to the chaos and confusion of upward mobility.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As vast and ambitious as the country itself.”

    Washington Post

  • “Remember what it feels like to be seventeen? Eveline Auerbach sounds like somebody many of us knew—or were…A realistic, resonant, and universal story.”

    O: The Oprah Magazine

  • “Utterly original…A rare kind of novel—at once sprawling and intimate—whose excellence matches its grand ambition.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[A] page-turning read [that] rivets through a rawness of complex emotion…Like Jane Austin, George Eliot, or Edith Wharton, [Hamann] critiques her era and culture through the tale of a precocious young woman buffeted by the accidents, values, and consequences of her age.”

    Providence Journal-Bulletin

  • “An accomplished and absorbing work of fiction, resonant and romantic in the grandest sense, that will remind you what a great American novel really is.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A marvelously complex and tragic figure of disconnection, startlingly real and exposed at all times.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Intelligent and without a false note—a memorable work.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna Prushinski | 2/5/2014

    " I had read many glowing reviews about this book. The size intimidated me because I am such a slow reader. But you really do need to take your time with this novel. The language is beautiful and the impending angst is truly an overpowering emotion running throughout this book and in real-life itself at these ages. I have to admit that sometimes I wanted to kick Eveline and say "move on" but then again, I remembered the age group being written about and the naivete and confusion that follows. The character of Jack rang completely true with me and I found the writing about him to be the strongest and clearest. This author is able to take emotions and put them into words and then the words become pictures in your mind. The entire book plays like a film as you read. You envision everything,...sometimes even to its smallest detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/5/2014

    " I liked the book but I found it a little long winded at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Fagin | 1/30/2014

    " This was an interesting book. I found it to be written very differently than what I usually encounter. It seemed to me that the story was told literally through the emotions of the main character Eveline. She described how she felt about a certain event long before the book described the event itself. It could be that I read the book during a time that I find myself feeling very disconnected from the world around me that I read it that way. I did enjoy reading it, I loved the characters. But I think it would have felt more realistic to me if the characters were older. Eveline was in high school and Rourke was in his early 20's. they both seemed much too emotionally evolved to me. The only character that rang true for me was her fellow high school boyfriend - whose name I can't remember. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Linda Cohen | 1/28/2014

    " Tried but couldn't get past the 1st few pages! Usually give things 50 pages but got sick of looking at it on my shelf. "

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