Book: The Girl From Long Guyland by Lara Reznik
|5 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Lara Reznikabout this book: I've been told that THE GIRL FROM LONG GUYLAND reads like memoir meets psychological thriller. Set in 1969 against amid protests of the war in Vietnam, sex, drugs, and rock'n roll, the story is seen through the eyes of I.T. executive Laila Levin decades later, when an unsolved missing person case pulls her reluctantly into her past.
• What is your method for writing a book? Are you character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?
To quote my favorite creative writing professor, Rudy Anaya, author of Bless Me Ultima, "A writer writes." I try and write at least five days a week but take time off to market my books and screenplays as I have a hard time doing them simultaneously. I've learned it pays to do a good outline and I use a wonderful program called Scrivener that I highly recommend.
• Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
It often takes the threat of losing everything to appreciate what you've achieved in life. As corny as it sounds, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Laila comes to realize, "there's no place like home."
• What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they "get" you as an author?
That THE GIRL FROM LONG GUYLAND seamlessly weaves issues of the early 70's and contemporary times together as the protagonist, Laila Levin learns that sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
• Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book
"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
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