The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of controlJed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughters demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is haunted by dreams of Daisy while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis. In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: Hes convinced its his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jeds pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths hes been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom. Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and Gods surprising redemption.
Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain. Shes also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. Shes passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.