The Exiles by Allison Lynn
A Novel

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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.
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A couple escaping the opulent lifestyle of Manhattan’s Upper East Side move to Newport, Rhode Island, only to be confronted by the trappings of the life they tried to leave behind.

Nate, a midlevel Wall Streeter, and his longtime girlfriend Emily are effectively evicted from New York City when they find they can no longer afford their apartment. An out presents itself in the form of a job offer for Nate in Newport—complete with a bucolic, small, and comparatively affordable new house. Eager to start fresh, they flee city life with their worldly goods packed tightly in their Jeep Cherokee. Yet within minutes of arriving in Rhode Island, their car and belongings are stolen, and they're left with nothing but the keys to an empty house and their bawling 10-month-old son.

Over the three-day weekend that follows, as Emily and Nate watch their meager pile of cash dwindle and tensions increase, the secrets they kept from each other in the city emerge, threatening to destroy their hope for a shared future.

A story about losing it all, the complexities of family histories, tainted gene pools, art theft, architecture, and the mad grab for the American Dream, The Exiles bravely explores the weight of our pasts—and whether or not it's truly possible to start over.

 

About Allison Lynn

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ALLISON LYNN is author of Now You See It, which won both the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Writer’s Center. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Butler University.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Little A. 341 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Above average
on May 05 2013

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 20 2013

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.

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