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Cezair-Thompson's `The Pirate's Daughter' wins Essence Literary Award
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
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,
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
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