Growing Up American

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The Guardian’s Book Blog lauds the American coming-of-age novel and asks why the British don’t possess the same bildungsromanic aptitude.  Judy Blundell, Jandy Nelson and Simon Rich are cited as contemporary examples of our natural proclivity for the genre.

Interestingly, the most iconic coming-of-age-novel of my child hood, The Adrian Mole Diaries, was written by British author Sue Townsend.  Also, what about Great Expectations?


Daniel Gumbiner is a student at UC Berkeley. He has lived in Chile and Argentina. He blogs with his brother, David, at smartwool.tumblr.com More from this author →