Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Freebie: The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Congratulations to Rachel Klingberg, winner of last week's Friday Freebie, The Magician King by Lev Grossman.

This week's book giveaway is The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson, published by Unbridled Books in 2007. I have a brand-new, never-read copy of the novel which I'm itching to give away to one lucky reader (it's an extra copy I came across while sorting through the 7,000-plus books in my home library).  Unbridled bills itself as "a Premiere Publisher of Rich Literary Quality" and The Pirate's Daughter certainly fills that bill.  Here's the publisher's synopsis:
In 1946, a storm-wrecked boat carrying Errol Flynn, Hollywood's most famous swashbuckler, shored up on the coast of Jamaica, and the glamorous world of 1940's Hollywood converged with that of a small West Indian society. After a long and storied career on the silver screen, Errol Flynn spent much of the last years of his life on a small island off of Jamaica, throwing parties and sleeping with increasingly younger teenaged girls. Based on those years, The Pirate's Daughter is the story of Ida, a local girl who has an affair with Flynn that produces a daughter, May...Spanning two generations of women whose destinies become inextricably linked with the matinee idol's, this lively novel tells the provocative history of a vanished era, of uncommon kinships, compelling attachments, betrayal and atonement in a paradisal, tropical setting. As adept with Jamaican vernacular as she is at revealing the internal machinations of a fading and bloated matinee idol, Margaret Cezair-Thompson weaves a saga of a mother and daughter finding their way in a nation struggling to rise to the challenge of independence.

If you'd like a chance at winning a copy of The Pirate's Daughter, all you have to do is answer this question:

What is the name of Errol Flynn's 1959 autobiography?

Email your answer to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.   One entry per person, please.   Please e-mail me the answer, rather than posting it in the comments section.   Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on Aug. 11--at which time I'll draw the winning name.   I'll announce the lucky reader on Aug. 12.

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