She Reads is proud to present our first selection for Fall, 2009: Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth!
The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of control–Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is plagued by headaches 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: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s 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 he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom.
A child of a broken and unsafe home, Mary learned early on how to pray to an unseen God for protection. Like the characters in her stories, she encountered mentors and friends who helped guide her through many trials and scrapes. And through all that, she told stories. To herself. To imaginary friends. To her diary. Stories of sadness, redemption, and hope. Today she pens literary Southern suspense. Her desire is that readers would experience surprising redemption amid the gritty realities of life. Through page-turning stories, Mary helps readers see her characters’ trials turn into unexpected triumph.
Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God. Her real-to-life novels inspire people to turn trials into triumphs: Daisy Chain, Watching the Tree Limbs (2007 Christy Award finalist, ACFW Book of the Year second place) and Wishing on Dandelions (2007 Retailer’s Choice Award Finalist). Book Two in the Defiance Texas Trilogy, A Slow Burn, releases from Zondervan on October 1st.
Mary and her husband Patrick live in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual growth in Southern France where they planted a church.