MEMOIR MEETS THRILLER: Set against a 1969 psychedelic love-in backdrop, The Girl From Long Guyland is shared through the eyes of Laila Levin when decades later, an unsolved murder pulls her reluctantly into her past.
Laila enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career in Austin, Texas. When her company announces a layoff, she is caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate’s suicide stirs up an old love triangle and dark secret from her past.
Suddenly, it’s 1969 again and Laila’s left her sheltered Long Island home for college in Connecticut. She’s tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll that rule her generation and gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle and initiated into an unethical hippie family leading to tragedy.
Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband, her successful career, and her baby boomer past, endangering her survival and challenging her conscience. She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
One Amazon reviewer calls The Girl From Long Guyland, “Gone Girl in the Sixties.”
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Lara Reznik, a native New Yorker, escaped to New Mexico in the 1970s in a Karmann Ghia that she jump-started cross-country. As an English major at the University of New Mexico, Lara studied under esteemed authors Rudolfo Anaya and the late Tony Hillerman. She also attended a summer program at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop.
Ambidextrous from birth, Lara preferred her right-brained creative side, but discovered she could make a better living with her left-brain skills, so entered the I.T. field in 1985.
Lara published her first novel, The Girl From Long Guyland, a psychological thriller. Following the breakout success of Guyland, Lara retired from her day job to write full time.
The M&M Boys, a coming-of-age baseball story set in New York in 1961, was published in May, 2015. The novel has been ranked #1 in historical fiction and coming-of-age genres during Amazon promotions.
Bagels & Sala a multicultural novel with strong elements of romance, suspense and humor, was published January 2, 2018 and was a finalist in the 2017 Texas Writers League contest. The novel is a sequel to The Girl From Long Guyland.
In addition to her novels, Lara has written and optioned three screenplays that have garnered semifinalist and finalist wins in the Austin Heart of Film, Southwest Writers, TV Writer, Chesterfield and Writer’s Digest contests.
Currently, Lara is hard at work on her new suspense novel Dance of Deception She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two mini-Aussies.