Monday, February 20, 2012

"From the Chrysalis" by Karen E. Black

Love can be so very complicated. That is what Liza and Dace found out. As cousins their love wasn't approved of, but the attraction made them want to fight the obstacles placed in their way. But that isn't the biggest problem facing this couple. Dace loves trouble. He gets into enough of it to land him in prison. Liza, in her desperation to be near him, goes to college near the prison. It doesn't matter that they don't have much time. It only matters that they have some time. When his "friends" decide to try to break out during a riot, what will Dace do? There are many poignant moments in the story, especially during the summer they spend together when Dace is paroled.  But how will Liza handle Dace's return to prison? Did they ever really have a place of safety together, their own chrysalis?

I had a little difficulty getting into the story at first, but once it grabbed me, I didn't want to put it down. The seventies were complicated years, and this story fits in this time frame perfectly. The characters were lifelike and the storyline intense. It is a story that will captivate readers and cause them to think.

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