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WORD: Cezair-Thompson's `The Pirate's Daughter' wins Essence Literary Award in Fiction
Edited Press Release

Unbridled Books is pleased to announce that Margaret Cezair-Thompson's surprise fall hit, "The Pirate's Daughter," is the winner of the first annual Essence Literary Award in Fiction. Winners were announced at a standing room only gala event in New York last week.

"We are proud to have published The Pirate's Daughter, and we're delighted that Margaret Cezair-Thompson's wonderful novel has gotten this kind of recognition from such a significant magazine," Unbridled Books Co-Publisher Greg Michalson said in a press release.

The award is the latest in a string of kudos for this independent press title. The Pirate's Daughter was the number one Book Sense Pick for October 2007. Also, the novel earned rave reviews from national publications such as People, The Washington Post, and USA Today and from booksellers across the country.

Unbridled Books sold the paperback rights for the novel to Random House in a significant six-figure deal.

The Pirate's Daughter, which had a publication date of October 15, 2007, was inspired by Errol Flynn's accidental arrival in Jamaica in 1946. Spanning two generations of women whose destinies become inextricably linked with the matinee idol's, this lively novel tells the story of a vanished era, of uncommon kinships, forbidden passions, betrayal and atonement in a paradisal, tropical setting.

As adept with Jamaican vernacular as she is at revealing the internal machinations of a fading Hollywood star, Margaret Cezair-Thompson weaves a saga of a mother and daughter finding their way in a colonial nation that is struggling to rise to the challenge of independence.

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

Unbridled Books is the independent press founded by Fred Ramey and Greg Michalson. Please visit our website, where a podcast with the author and a downloadable reading group guide are available.


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