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  • Page Turner

    A compelling narrative that strikes a cord with this baby boomer who like the protagonist, Laila Levin, looks back at the late sixties when many of us explored the wilder side of our normally conservative natures. In 2012 Laila has a thriving career in I.T. and a successful marriage to Eduardo. All hell breaks loose when her company announces a layoff and she's forced to deal with an unscrupulous CEO, Then news of a dark secret involving an old love triangle and an unsolved murder collides with her current day life. Told in alternating chapters from 1970 and 2012, the author cleverly weaves the two stories of then and now. A naive girl from the suburbs of Long Island, finds herself over her head when she starts college in Connecticut and is initiated into an unethical hippie family and deceptive love triangle with Ben Franklin Jones and Chris Reynolds. When the two reappear in 2012, they threaten to destroy her current day career and marriage. The characters, and the '70s era are well drawn, distinct and believable. Reznik's masterful dialogue and unique structure made this book a page turner I highly recommend.

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  • Woow

    Wow I am just speechless. Really writer is very genius person. Heads of to u

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  • Cool

    Well ...the book is Cool and interesting. If you Read so you like

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  • A compelling read from the get-go.

    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 beginning: 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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  • A Tale That Will Remain In Your Memory

    "The author convinces you that you're really there...and meanwhile teaches some powerful lessons." 59-year-old IT executive Laila Levin is living a peaceful, happy existence in on the shores of Austin’s Lake Travis, when the demons from her freshman year at a Connecticut college come knocking one day. Laila is implicated in a 1970 murder, and her happy, love-filled marriage to her husband Eduardo is subjected to the greatest test. For those interested in late 1960s/early 1970s America, this novel will be hard to resist. And even for those who don’t hold that interest, The Girl From Long Guyland remains an engrossing study of how dark and manipulative the human psyche can truly become. The two magnetic young hippies--Ben and Chris--is one a sociopath? Are they both sociopaths, with one merely more charming and intelligent than the other, but the other more assertive? Or is Laila just too paranoid? This suspenseful novel will keep you cheering for Laila, who in her drive to liberate herself from her confining, middle-class Long Island upbringing, ends up quickly enmeshed in a web of deceit, indulgence, lust, betrayal, jealousy, and manipulation. One thing I really loved: Reznik has a talent for making you feel like you are actually there in a far-off place and time. The music, clothes, and cars of the day, to college halls filled with antiwar protests, to the national shock in the wake of the 1970 Kent State massacre, the author renders this all convincingly. And teaches us some powerful lessons along the way.

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