A college student falls in love with an ex-con. 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. The cousins’ mutual infatuation flares into an obsession long before Liza is out of her teens. 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? “From the Chrysalis” is a taut novel of romance and survival against all odds,set in the shifting political and moral background of the early seventies.
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My work as a reference librarian has helped me enrich the setting and heighten the suspense of this novel by using historical detail about the deadliest event in Canadian penal history, the Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of 1971 which occurred less than six months before the horrific uprising at Attica.