Chasing Chaos: A Novel by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
Velvet Morning Press
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"Pryal pierces LA’s film industry veneer to find complex and relatable characters and then winches the ties between them, pulling the reader right into the fray. The result is as psychologically astute as it is engaging."
—Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling
Love, friendship and betrayal in glamorous, yet often vicious, Hollywood.
Daphne Saito, a beautiful and talented Hollywood screenwriter, might look like she has the perfect life, but on the inside she's lost. She's wandered from one meaningless relationship to the next, and now—just as she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend Dan—she meets someone new, someone she could fall in love with. But Daphne, still traumatized by an accident involving her best friend, Greta, five years earlier, is afraid to love. Harm has always come to those close to her.
Over five life-changing days, Daphne lets her guard down and steps toward this new love. But trouble is never far behind. Dan, angry at Daphne's departure, has targeted an innocent young woman, someone close to Daphne's new love, as part of a plan for revenge. And an enigmatic woman from Daphne's past returns with a vendetta of her own. Danger is on the horizon for all of Daphne's friends—and for her.
Tana French meets Donna Tartt in this tense, evocative love story. And fans of Lisa Scottoline's Betrayed will enjoy the strong female protagonists found in Pryal's novel.
Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, freelance journalist, and sometimes lawyer in Chapel Hill. She is the author of the Entanglement Series, which includes Entanglement, Love and Entropy, and Chasing Chaos, all from Velvet Morning Press.
As a journalist, Katie contributes regularly to Quartz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The (late, great) Toast, Dame Magazine, and more. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship. Currently, she teaches creative writing through Duke University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, works as a writing coach and editor, and writes her next novels.