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Amy AlexanderCezair-Thompson, author of The True History of Paradise and a creative writing instructor at Wellesley College, brings a smart, lilting voice and a sharp, quirky perspective to a tried-and-true literary formula, the sweeping historical epic. By taking the classic question familiar to all storytellers—"What if?"—and marrying it to the classic advice of fiction-writing teachers—"Write what you know"—Cezair-Thompson unravels a surprising yarn that is rich, salty and ultimately satisfying…Beyond the Hollywood stardust that floats over the proceedings, it is Cezair-Thompson's deft evocation of the beauty and unpredictability of Jamaica, its topography and its people, that raises The Pirate's Daughter to a level far above the bodice-ripping historic epic.
—The Washington Post