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From the Chrysalis - Karen E. Black
From the Chrysalis
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An unusual romance! E-book available this week only for .99!Part love story, part prison break: a fictionalized account ofthe deadliest event in Canadian penal history, the Kingston Penitentiary Riot ofApril 1971.  Full-length novel! Sequel available autumn 2013! Over 20,000 +... show more
An unusual romance! E-book available this week only for .99!Part love story, part prison break: a fictionalized account ofthe deadliest event in Canadian penal history, the Kingston Penitentiary Riot ofApril 1971.  Full-length novel! Sequel available autumn 2013! Over 20,000 + downloads! Paperback edition available at Amazon.com Liza's bad-boy cousin, the handsome, magnetic D'Arcy "Dace" Devereux is nothing but trouble. Falling in love with him can only make things worse. Especially for a girl who knows more about books and monarch butterflies than she does men.    Dace's and Liza's infatuation flares into an obsession long before she's even out of her teens. The cousins become two against the world. Even when Dace is arrested for manslaughter and sent to a penitentiary, their feelings don't change.    When she's old enough, Liza enrolls in a local university to be closer to him, but a prison riot breaks out and Dace is forced to make decisions that will jeopardize both their relationship and his life. He's always been loyal to his old buddies--too loyal some say.    The cousins spend one wonderful summer together when he's briefly paroled, but Dace is still drawn to trouble like the monarchs down to Mexico.    In the end, nobody--not the biker gangs, the authorities or Dace's own demons--is going to let him go. The only way they can both break out and fly free is if Liza walks away. But how can she leave him when he has become her whole life?    Based on a true story (the Kingston Pen Riot), "From the Chrysalis" is a poignant, taut novel of romance and survival against all odds, set in the shifting political and moral background of the early seventies. Review Highlights:"I'd like to congratulate Karen Black on her new page-turner, From the Chrysalis. It tells the twisted and winding tale of Liza and her dashing and dangerous older cousin Dace (D'Arcy Devereux is his full, resplendent name). Set in Canada (Toronto's Christie subway station makes an appearance), it is the tale of a relationship blighted by uncomprehending relatives, social conventions, a harrowing stint in Maitland Penitentiary (complete with riots and semi-totalitarian "people's committees"), the well-intentioned galumph Mel, and a conundrum Liza has to bear calling for an ever more inevitable decision. You'll just have to read it if you want to know what I mean by that. I found the prison scenes, with their occasionally stark violence but underlying ethical probity, especially fascinating, but there's also lots of romantic tension, a kind of yearning whose fulfillment seems always out of reach, even when its physical manifestation is realized. What a potent novel! I spent the rest of the day shooting mysterious dark looks at people." -Julian Fauth, 2009 JUNO Award Winner for Blues Album of the Year
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B0076BOQGU
Publisher: Karen E. Black
Pages no: 313
Edition language: English
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What the hell did I just read?This was a suck fest of read for me. Aside from the prison riot plot (which is stemmed from fact) everything else surrounding this story was horrible. And I am going to attempt to explain to you why this sucked for me.1. It was definitely the "Trying way too hard to be ...
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