Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Events: New Literary Voices

Book: The Pirate's Daughter

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Margaret Cezair-Thompson was born in Jamaica and left when she was nineteen to attend Barnard College in New York. Since 1990, she has taught literature and creative writing at Wellesley College. Her first novel, The True History of Paradise, was published in 1999, and her first screenplay, Photo Finish, about a Jamaican-American athlete, was sold to Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

Her second novel, The Pirate’s Daughter, is set in 1940’s Jamaica. 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. Based on those years, The Pirate’s Daughter imagines a love 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 a compelling dual-generational coming-of-age tale of two women struggling to find their way in a nation wrestling with its own independence