Reviews for Exiles

Booklist Reviews 2013 July #1
Achieving the American Dream has never seemed so difficult for Nate and Emily, a young couple who have just been evicted from their New York City apartment and are now uprooting to Newport, Rhode Island. As if that's not stressful enough, Nate is dealing with some family medical problems that could put him and their young son, Trevor, at serious risk, while Emily has a risky secret of her own she was hoping to leave behind in New York. The couple's move gets off to a rocky start when their Jeep and all of their belongings are stolen while they are getting the keys to their new home. Then Nate's father, a well-known architect who never was a steady role model in Nate's life, enters the picture. When he learns his father has been in an accident in Rhode Island, Nate is able to confront some of his family demons, while Emily can't take the pressure of her own secret and ends up coming clean. Lynn has crafted an entertaining, relatable novel of everyday people and real-life family and financial situations. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 May #2
A fresh start in a new city should signify a positive beginning for a couple and their 10-month-old son, but they soon discover that, though their old possessions disappear when their Jeep Cherokee is stolen, their emotional baggage remains. Lynn (Now You See It, 2004) explores the thoughts and actions of Nate and Emily, life partners who have been together since the two met at the baggage claim at JFK airport and shared a taxi into New York City. Now parents and no longer able to afford the cost of living in an expensive apartment, the two pack up their Jeep Cherokee and head for a job offer in Newport, R.I. It's Friday afternoon before Columbus Day weekend, and the couple sign the paperwork for their new house, receive the keys and head back to their vehicle, ready to spend the next few nights camping out on air mattresses in their new home. But the Jeep, and everything in it, is gone. Left with limited cash and burdened by secrets, the couple faces the long weekend emotionally distanced and guilt-ridden. Nate, the son of a famous architect who was absent for much of his life, reflects upon his childhood, his one brief glimpse of his grandfather, his closeness to his younger brother and his mother's death as he dredges up fears that he's inherited a genetic disease that could cripple not only his life, but that of his son. Emily's worried about an incident that occurred before she left NYC, the changes in herself that she has trouble reconciling and how her actions will affect her family's future. Lynn's narrative, which depicts the raw emotional impact of deceit and the helplessness of being unable to foretell the future or forestall the inevitable, contains moments that introduce wit and humor to a bleak situation that becomes bleaker by the moment. The story sometimes strays into descriptions of architectural styles, which may not be of interest to every reader, but this only minimally detracts from the author's distinctive characters and focus. Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2013 June #2

Allison (Butler Univ.; Now You See It) tells of a young, materialistic couple who consider themselves evicted from Manhattan. With expenses that far exceed their mediocre incomes, they feel like consistent losers on the catch-up wheel. Sad to leave the city but convinced that the small, affordable house they have purchased in bucolic Rhode Island will ultimately offer a healthier lifestyle for them and their ten-month-old son, they arrive in Newport to begin living happily ever after. Within moments of arriving, however, the dream shatters with the theft of their Jeep Cherokee, packed to the gills with everything they value, leaving them with only the keys to their empty house, the child's stroller, and a small handful of cash to tide them over the Columbus Day weekend. Struck with one trauma after another, they lose their equilibrium and retreat, exiled each from the other and keeping devastating secrets that could threaten their future they had counted on. VERDICT Despite an uneven balance between plot and character development, this gripping journey keeps the reader in mind.--Joyce Townsend, Pittsburg, CA

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 May #3

Lynn's latest (after Now You See It) is an introspective domestic drama of a family battered by the rising cost of living. Even "normal people" like Wall Street M&A man Nate Bedecker, earning just under half a million annually, can no longer afford to live in Manhattan. Priced out of the Upper East Side apartment he shares with girlfriend Emily, who worked in advertising before the birth of their 10-month-old son, they head to Newport, R.I., where prospects await. But the new life they'd hoped for gets off to a bad start when their Jeep--containing all their possessions--is stolen, leaving them stranded at a luxury hotel with only in cash. Over the next four days, Emily is racked with guilt over another theft--her own--of a painting belonging to her affluent New York friends. And Nate fears he may have inherited the Huntington's disease gene from his estranged father and passed it on to his son. When New York City police arrive with questions about stolen art, and Nate's father gets in a serious car crash, the weekend takes a tragic turn, forcing the exiles to finally face their issues. Lynn's new novel rings with truth and compassion. Agent: Lane Zachary, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. (July)

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