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The Girl From Long Guyland by [Reznik, Lara]
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"In Reznik's debut novel, a woman confronts long-buried secrets when an old college friend commits suicide. . . . While effective as a page turner, the novel also tells a timeless, universal tale of a woman's journey toward self-acceptance. An exciting tale of past crimes and dangerous friendships." -Kirkus Reviews

"Laila Levin is an I.T. executive in Austin, TX, with a happy marriage and a successful career. But her life is about to get much more complicated. Laila is forced to confront a dark part of her past that she never shared with her husband. . . . Readers, particularly those who remember the late 1960's, will find this and entertaining read." -Publishers Weekly

★★★★★ "I love a mystery and I love stories about the late 60's/early 70's and this book has both. Really fun read." -Barbara Gaines, Executive Producer, The Late Show with David Letterman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
★★★★★ "It's one of those books that takes two different time periods in a woman's life and as the story unfolds weaves them together gradually in a very clever way. . . . As someone who is selective about what I read, this book didn't disappoint. Great mystery and suspense. Add a star if you were a "flower child" from the sixties.  -Les Goodstein, Former President and COO of the New York Daily News.   
 
★★★★★ "Gone Girl in the sixties."  Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

This book is dedicated to all baby boomers who survived the late 60's and 70's, as well as those that didn't. Hope you enjoy the ride. --Lara

Product Details

  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: ENCHANTED INDIE PRESS (April 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A45OYD0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I just finished Reznik's "The Girl from Long Guyland." I took it with me for a long weekend away and found that I read it for several hours at a time until I finished it late into the night. It rings true from this Baby Boomer's perspective, having grown up in a place that sounds a lot like West Meadow. The book captures the flavor and culture of the late sixties to help us understand how even nice kids could get caught up in things that were way over their heads. While Laila is trying to emancipate/separate from her family and childhood self, she finds herself vulnerable to amoral, narcissistic people who disguise themselves as cool, hip activists. These self serving character types also show up in her present life. As the stories of past and present are interwoven, some dangerous secrets threaten to destoy everything that she has built. Reading this book is like going on a wild, scary, funny, roller coaster adventure which accelerates in intensity until reaching the inevitable confrontation of Laila's past and present lives. I highly recommend taking the ride!
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. . . from your past, that is.

Laila Levin exists in a comfortable world of the present with a successful career, a loving husband, a son with the opportunity to attend Stanford, a house on the lake, and a Jack Russell Terrier who adores her. In other words, life is most excellent.

Then a short, cryptic note left behind after the suicide of her college roommate threatens to unravel all the threads of the current life she holds so dear. Laila must face the ugly consequences of a past in which the compulsion to belong shoved aside common sense and good judgment.

What do you do when the sordid mistakes of a previous lifestyle come calling, especially when they contain a dark secret better left veiled by the passage of time? Enter the world of Laila Levin and experience the fear and apprehension of being relentlessly stalked by your previous self.

They say you can never go back again, but that's not true of fiction. Reznik skillfully juxtaposes chapters in current story time with back story. Her use of present and past tense heightens the effect of the two narratives and smooths the transitions.

This is a compelling story very well told.
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By John Jones on September 29, 2012
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THE GIRL FROM LONG GUYLAND is a good read, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next, as something dark from Laila's secret past is about to catch up with her. I lost patience with young Laila at times, but her actions are motivated from the get-go: a lonely girl looking for personal identity and a place to belong. No doubt she is in over her head when she gets involved with the "family," a group of unscrupulous townies who deal drugs to the rich kids attending the local University. The characters, including the '70s era itself, are well drawn, distinct and believable. In short, I was impressed with this book.
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By grandma on July 8, 2013
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The author captures what urban college life could be during those turbulent times, and what trouble a sheltered 17 year old could have gotten into. She also does a great job portraying and developing all of the characters. Most of us didn't go so far and make so many mistakes. But it's easy to see how it might have happened. Good writing!
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I normally don't care for books that jump from the present to the past and back again, but I was engrossed in each story [past and present] every time it did. Loved the reality of the storyline and the way unexpected things kept occurring. Read this book all in one day, I simply did not want to put it down.
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By SM on November 8, 2012
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Couldn't put it down. What a tale! It kinda reminds me of the long-forgotten baby boomer days. Loved the masterful dialogue and structure of book; it read very easily. I highly recommend to anyone who likes a great mystery with complex characters.
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Laila Levin's story flashes back and forth from present day to her freshman year in college-1970. There are many firsts for her, from experimenting with drugs to losing her virginity. The one thing that comes back to haunt her though, is the pact that she made with her hippie friends after her friend Joey is killed by accident. Turns out that she is the only one who kept her promise while the others have now accused her of murder. The characters in this book are developed very nicely and the author's words brought me right back to my own history with "sex, drugs and rock & roll". I've recommended this book to all of my friends!
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A page turner, especially if you're interested in early 1970s drug running and coming of age stories. I happen to enjoy both, so this was a fun read.
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