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Dylan Landis on her book 'Rainey Royal' and wild 1970s New York
Dylan Landis on her book 'Rainey Royal' and wild 1970s New York

Dylan Landis' novel "Rainey Royal," out today from Soho Press, takes one of the characters from her short fiction and builds out her life. A teenager in Greenwich Village in the early 1970s, Rainey is gorgeous and motherless, with a jazz musician father who is inattentive at best. Wild, dangerous, sometimes certain and other times totally lost, Rainey is a fascinating, unique character; the book follows her into her 20s. Rainey's friends -- some of whom appeared in her first book, the story collection "Normal People Don't Live Like This" -- are the most important people in her life, and their relationships involve shifts of power and understanding. They...

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