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American Girl

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American Girl by Alexander Hamilton Laidlaw is a thought-provoking and captivating novel that delves into the complexities of identity, family, and culture in modern America. The story follows the journey of a young woman named Sarah who is caught between her American upbringing and her Lebanese heritage.

Laidlaw's writing is beautifully expressive and filled with vivid descriptions that bring the characters and settings to life. The narrative flows seamlessly, alternating between Sarah's present struggles and flashbacks to her childhood, providing insight into the challenges she faces in reconciling her two identities.

The characters in American Girl are well-developed and relatable, each grappling with their own internal conflicts and desires. Sarah's internal struggle between being true to herself and conforming to societal expectations is particularly poignant and resonates with readers on a deep level.

Overall, American Girl is a compelling and timely story that sheds light on the complexities of cultural identity in America. Laidlaw's powerful storytelling and nuanced characters make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in exploring themes of identity, family, and belonging.

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Alexander Hamilton Laidlaw was born in Scotland. He graduated from Philadelphia Central High School in 1845. He practiced medicine from 1856-1905 and published some works including Soldier Songs and Love Songs, 1898, from which our Fortnightly Poem is taken.

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