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The Exiles

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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 th...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by New Harvest
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I feel like the summary above only skims the surface of what happens in The Exiles. Like, the bulk of the summary are things that happen within the first few pages. The rest of the book is really that tiny little third paragraph, Nate and Emily dealing with their own issues, and some family issues, and the fact that they're both secret keeper extraordinaires, and not in the cool Harry Potter secret keeper sort of way.

A lot of what drives Nate and Emily is...more
Charlie Morant
"Emily is a cocksucker" best part of the book
The heart of this story takes place over a 3 day holiday weekend. Nate, his girlfriend Emily, and their 10 month-old Trevor relocate from Manhattan to Newport Rhode Island, where Nate has been offered a job. They are escaping a horribly expensive lifestyle in Manhattan, where they pay $5,000 a month for a small two bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Part of their dilemma is trying to keep up with friends and colleagues who are in higher income brackets. The hollowness of this privileged lifestyle comes...more
This is a hard book to review. For almost the first half of this book, I wondered why I kept reading. I didn't find any of the characters likeable -- not even the baby. The plot with its Huntington's references, lies, shallow desires, and constant angst made me tired. For reasons I should probably discuss some day with a therapist, I kept reading. I'm always sure a book I am struggling through will get better. Wonder of wonders, it did! Or, maybe I finally got invested in it. Any disease which i...more
...“Comfortable,” however, is not a word that readily applies to Nate and Emily’s current situation. They’ve just arrived in Newport, Rhode Island after a day on the road from New York City with a fully-packed Jeep and their ten-month-old baby boy. Parenthood has forced them to recognize that they can’t keep up with the New York lifestyle any more, and Nate’s new job is offering them the chance to exile themselves to a fresh start. But when their car is stolen during the short time it takes to m...more
Couldn't put it down. Literary fiction that yes, is about privileged people, but privileged people with an interesting combination of both "first world" problems ("struggling" to live in Manhattan on salaries most people will never see in their lifetimes, lamenting having to buy a second-hand, luxury stroller, etc.) and legitimate, more universal problems (health, child-rearing, starting over, etc.). I loved the way the author at turns evoked both genuine sympathy from me and indifference for th...more
Nate and Emily have been in Newport for 5 minutes and their Jeep gets stolen with almost everything they own along with it. The story unfolds as the author takes you through the first three days of the couple's life in their new town. Both Nate and Emily have a secret that they are keeping from the other. Of course, the secrets come out but instead of running from the troubles, the author shows us how Nate and Emily work together to solve their issues. Usually I'm not a big fan of books that are...more
Max Read
“A novel dealing with Gen-x’ers, their morality and mortality”

“The Exiles” a novel by Allison Lynn chronicles the lives of Nate Bedecker and Emily Latham. At the opening of the story, the reader finds the young pair has recently been joined by an infant son, Trevor and they all are in the process of moving from Manhattan to Rhode Island where Nate has acquired a new job and a new home and hope for a new life for his fledgling family. On their first day in Rhode Island, their car is stolen along...more
Mia Tat
This is a slight stretch for me, and I'm honestly not sure what made me pick it up. As I was trying to figure out what shelf to put it on, I realized that I needed a whole new one, because it didn't specifically fit onto any that I already had. It's a story of Post-9/11/2001 NYC, economic downturn, what it means to be related to a famous person, coming to terms with grief and abandonment, starting over, greed, and how hereditary illness can re-map an entire family.

The complex web of circumstance...more
Nate Bedecker and Emily Latham are moving from Manhattan to Newport, Rhode Island with their infant son Trevor. When they go to pick up the keys to their new house, their Jeep is stolen along with all the possessions they packed in the jeep (everything they needed to last until the rest of their belongings arrive). As they deal with this unfortunate turn of events, we learn that each Nathan and Emily have a secret. Both secrets are potentially devastating to the future they hope to build togethe...more
DNF - I enjoyed this book well enough when I first started it, but didn't think of it once during a busy week with little time to read. When I picked it back up, I realized I was apathetic about the characters and not curious at all about the story's eventual ending - with so many books waiting for me on my TBR stack, I don't mind saying goodbye to this one on page 189.
Laurie Buchanan
This well-told story is about omission. Not one of the three main characters has told a lie, but none of them has told the truth either. The ramifications are tremendously impactful and the ensuing events—the heart of the matter—are what makes this book an engaging page turner.
A little too much suspension of disbelief with the main plot devices and their "resolutions."
Leslie Hutchings
Better not to comment
I won a copy of "The Exiles" from Goodreads and had very mixed feelings about it. "The Exiles" followed Nathan and Emily as they fled from the crushing high-priced lifestyle required in New York City to purchase a house in Newport. But only minutes after they arrived, they find themselves the victim of a theft which leaves them penniless. As they suffer through the holiday weekend, the secrets each of them have been harboring slowly rise to the surface. The beginning of the book was pretty good,...more
Having loved Lynn's debut novel, NOW YOU SEE IT, I was excited to read her latest book and was not disappointed. I found it to be well-written -- the prose tight and beautiful -- and thought both characters were equally compelling, although, yes, as some people have mentioned, Emily is not necessarily likeable, but for me that made her real and interesting and made the conclusion of her story that much more compelling. As the book developed it got more and more tense as the characters had to fac...more
Sep 12, 2013 Rand added it
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"Enclosed please find a finished copy of THE EXILES. Amazon Services LLC hereby irrevocably transfers title to this prize to you. Title to the prize transferred to you upon delivery by Amazon Services LLC to a common carrier in Seattle, Washington. This prize cannot be returned to Amazon Services LLC once title has transferred to you."

The big A did not bother paying a publicist to woo reviews out of the rabble.

As for the book itself, it looks rather nice. Does not weigh as much as it looks like...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Exiles" is the story of Emily and Nate, a young couple who has left their tenuous NYC existence for someplace quieter on the shores of Rhode Island. They are trying to forge a new existence after failing to be able to stay in the city but the city hid a lot of the cracks in there relationship and Rhode Island might undo their life together. There is also another storyline regarding Nate's father, a famous architect, who is suffering Huntington's Disease, which was an interesting side story...more
Allison Lynn is an extraordinary writer, and The Exiles deserves more than four stars -- I just need to read it a second time to know for sure if I think it merits a full five. It's a witty, brilliantly written piece of work throughout, but it's better than the sum of its parts. That is, upon finishing this book, I thought it was really beautiful and life-affirming.

I think people who like to laugh at life's (often cruel) absurdity and fans of dramedies will very probably find this to be a truly...more
I actually received a copy of this book from Goodreads and was excited to read it. The book started off on a good note and kept me interested for a while with an interesting plot, but started to fall short about a third of the way through. It's a story of a financially struggling Manhattan couple who escape the city life with their young son to settle in quaint Newport, RI. Upon arriving in Newport though, their lives are turned upside down when the jeep carrying all of their belongings is stole...more
Carol Lyn
BOOKLIST gives a better description than the publisher

I really enjoyed this. Wonderfully flawed characters that you don't necessarily like (particularly Emily) but you care about them. The plot involves plans, dreams, life choices, family dynamics & health. It's a bit depressing really but ultimately revealing that even if your in the 5% earning category you still have problems - even if some are your own making.

I believe all the negative reviews probably stem from the book blurb/descriptio...more
The economy is one of the biggest issues of our time, but one we don't see dealt with in fiction that often. Lynn takes it on and makes it personal with a suspenseful and emotional story about how tough financial times affect one couple. Her characters aren't poor compared to just about anyone, but until leaving for Rhode Island they were trying to make do in New York City, scraping what they had together for apartment rent, diapers, transportation costs, the rare meal at a restaurant with their...more
A good read that reminded me a bit of Last Night at the Lobster, one of my favorite books. I do feel that the author tried to stuff too much into one book. She has some wonderful characters, and I would have liked to have known them a little better--particularly Emily. That said, there is a lot here to absorb and the writing is solid. In a sense, this could go down as a classic. It can be read from so many viewpoints. Highly recommended by me.
Sep 17, 2013 Tearsa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: general fiction lovers
I don't fully know my feelings on this book. There were parts that were really good, and I found myself excited to read on, but then there were times where I felt like it would never end.

Emily and Nate are moving to Rhode Island with their son, Trevor, who isn't even walking yet. At first you'd think it was going to be a regular couple moving from Manhattan to a more suburban area, but then the characters start revealing incidents in their personal life. I'm not going to reveal their major goin...more
I have finished this damn book! The two main characters, Nate and Emily, are both awful people who deserve each other. Even the baby was someone I struggled to like!
The first half of this book, in my opinion, was better than the second. I am almost sure that the author decided to make these characters as unlikeable as possible deliberately. By the end I just wanted it over with. It was well-written but I just didn't care at all for any of them.
I felt that the way each part of the story concluded...more
Somewhat of a depressing story. The novel is set in Newport and Narragansett so that was fun for me being from Rhode Island. The story of two people, Nate and Emily, who arrive,in Newport to start a new life with their 8-month old son. They just stopped,for five minutes to pick up their new house keys when suddenly their SUV was stolen with everything in it. In the meantime Nate has to confront the fact that his Dad, a famous architect, is also in RI. He is lying in a hospital bed because of an...more
¨The Goldfinch¨ it ain´t, but it has its share of art theft and monied New Yorkers fretting about their lives. Enjoyable and well written though not gripping.
The Exiles is the story of Nate and Emily during their first weekend in Newport, Rhode Island after moving from NYC. It's a weekend filled with drama, secrets, and regret that gives readers a snapshot of Nate and Eliot's lives until now and where they might be moving forward. While some of the characters' actions were frustrating and confounding, I give the author credit in that Nate and Emily should have been unlikeable, but instead were relateable in ways that aren't easy to admit. The Exiles...more
William Koon
Allison Lynn works with a small and precise pallet. She draws her characters with precision. Her plotting is careful and contained, although she is a bit too fond of flashbacks. Basically she tells the story of a contemporary family leaving New York to downsize. Along the way they discover how stripped they can become. And sometimes adding of family can strip even more.

I found the work satisfying in a post Anne Tyler universe of urban despair. Well done.
Nate and Emily are making a move to Newport RI from Manhattan with their little son, Trevor. Each is harboring secrets: Nate, that his architect father has a home in Newport and the fact that his father has Huntington's and may have passed the gene along to Nate. Emily's secret involves a painting stolen from the apartment of friends in NYC during a party. The weekend ends up a nightmare: their car is stolen, with all their possessions inside and Nate's father en route to Newport is involved in...more
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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.
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