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Quinlin's estate
Long, David Ryan.
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Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, [2002]

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389 pages ; 22 cm
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A contemporary novel that reaches back in history to uncover small-town secrets, "Quinlin's Estate" blends a realistic journey of faith with an intriguing plot that pulls readers along. The search for meaning takes a young woman on unexpected paths to the God who can answer all yearnings. (August)

Author Notes

David Ryan Long spent four years in central Pennsylvania while earning an English degree from Penn State University. He is now a full-time writer and lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and daughter. Ezekiel's Shadow, his debut novel, won a 2002 Christy Award in the New Novels category.

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Booklist Review

Heitzmann's Twilight brings two old lovers together in their hometown, little Montrose, Missouri. Cal Morrison, a nice fellow with small horizons, never left, settling on the job of fireman; Laurie Sutton, on the other hand, couldn't wait to leave and married a senator's son who was trying to become a big-league ballplayer. Now, she's back, divorced, and with two kids in tow; the question is whether she's ready to settle down. The answer isn't long in coming, though both Cal and Laurie ring true as small-town types with their careful, rather sad lives. John Mort Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Publisher's Weekly Review

Long shows promise of becoming one of the CBA's better novelists in this well-crafted follow-up to his debut novel, Ezekiel's Shadow. Entwined with the history of the landmark Quinlin's estate is the story of Eve Lawson, a 27-year-old history graduate assistant who seeks to save it from destruction. As a little girl growing up in a trailer park just outside the shadow of the buildings, the sight of the estate's tower inspired Eve to reach for something more that was "somewhere else." The estate's construction provided employment for the townspeople during the Depression; now, Eve writes in her first-person journal narrative, "The building saved this town once, and although that was long before my time, it seems only right that somebody return the favor." Eve sifts through stories from town residents that she hopes will help her in her quest and tracks down information about the legendary gold for which her father, an estate maintenance worker, sacrificed almost everything. In delving into the past, she comes to grips with her own longings and lays to rest some old ghosts. Ultimately, she discovers the "somewhere" she has always longed for in a way that is not so surprising for inspirational readers, but still avoids a formulaic wrapup. Although the combined device of flashbacks and journaling is initially jarring, when it's paired with Long's excellent voice and strong writing the result is a novel that's among the best of CBA fiction. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In a letdown after his very successful debut, Ezekial's Shadow (winner of the 2002 Christy Award for best debut novel), Long's second effort is a frustrating, meandering, and tangled tale told in journal format. Graduate student Eve Lawson requests a leave of absence from her Ph.D. program to save from demolition Quinlin's Estate, a huge, castlelike house and maze that have dominated the town of Lowerton, PA, since they were built by Gabriel Quinn, the town's savior during the Great Depression. Even 60 years later, the legend of gold hidden within the estate and the haunting legacy of a young woman's death in its tower still resonate with the townspeople. Eve is a flawed and tortured soul, and the annoying technique of sprinkling rhetorical questions throughout her journal entries further distances readers from such an unsympathetic heroine. In addition, Eve's burgeoning belief in God is realized unrealistically, without any guidance from anyone. Fans of Ezekial's Shadow will be disappointed by this weak offering; others will care little for the fate of Eve or Quinlin's Estate. Not recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.