The Pirate's Daughter

By Margaret Cezair-Thompson
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812979428, 407pp.)

Publication Date: August 5, 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Combine 1946 Jamaica, the notorious Errol Flynn, and a beautiful local girl, and the stage is set. Now add politics, culture struggles, dreams realized and dreams shattered and you have a thoroughly engrossing novel drenched with the rich scent of the tropics.”
-- Gee Gee Rosell, Buxton Village Books, Buxton, NC


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WINNER OF THE ESSENCE LITERARY AWARD IN FICTION


In 1946, Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, arrived in Jamaica in a storm-ravaged boat. After a long and celebrated career on the silver screen, Flynn spent the last years of his life on a small island off the Jamaican coast, where he fell in love with the people, the paradisiacal setting, and the privacy, and brought a touch of Tinseltown glamour to the West Indian community.

Based on those years, The Pirate’s Daughter imagines an affair between the aging matinee star and Ida, a beautiful local girl. Flynn’s affections are unpredictable but that doesn’t stop Ida from dreaming of a life with him, especially after the birth of their daughter, May.

Margaret Cezair-Thompson weaves stories of mothers and daughters, fathers and lovers, country and kin, into this compelling, dual-generational coming-of-age tale of two women struggling to find their way in a nation wrestling with its own independence.




About the Author
Margaret Cezair-Thompson is the author of a widely acclaimed previous novel, The True History of Paradise. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, she teaches literature and creative writing at Wellesley College.
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