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The Pirate's Daughter

By Margaret Cezair-Thompson

The Pirate's Daughter
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2007,
    432 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2008,
    432 pages.

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A saga of a mother and daughter finding their way in Jamaica as it struggles to rise to the challenge of independence

Margaret Cezair-Thompson's second book (following The True History of Paradise) is a mother-daughter coming-of-age saga set against the turbulent backdrop of post-Independence Jamaica. Inspired by a few facts from Errol Flynn's life, and rooting her story firmly in Jamaican history, Cezair-Thompson vividly imagines the life of Ida, who is little more than a child herself when she gives birth to her daughter May, the illegitimate child of 1930/40s movie star Errol Flynn - known as a swashbuckling adventurer on screen, and for his glittering parties and affairs off screen. Most of the action takes place in Jamaica, but even when Ida leaves the island for some years the author stays true to the Jamaican experience because, for at least a ...

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Margaret Cezair-Thompson was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and came of age as Jamaica emerged from being a British colony to being an independent nation. She left Jamaica at nineteen-years-old to attend Barnard College in New York where she received a B.A. in English. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York with a dissertation on V.S. Naipaul. Since 1990, she has taught literature and creative writing at Wellesley College. More.


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Ida lives in Port Antonio, which is located on the Eastern tip of Jamaica. During the 1950s, Errol Flynn owned Navy Island, which got its name from the British Navel base which was ...

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