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The unbinding of Mary Reade
2018
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Fleeing a life of limited prospects, Mary disguises herself as a boy on board a merchant's ship before joining a band of women pirates and embarking on a life of freedom and forbidden romance. - (Baker & Taylor)

In 1719, seventeen-year-old Mary Reade, who has spent most of her life disguised as a boy, decides to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack. - (Baker & Taylor)

A swashbuckling adventure based on a true story follows the experiences of a girl who flees a life of limited prospects and disguises herself as a boy on board a merchant's ship before joining a band of women pirates and embarking on a life of freedom and a forbidden romance. A first novel. 15,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack—and fell in love with Anne Bonny.
- (Perseus Publishing)

A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack—and fell in love with Anne Bonny.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s livelihood—and her safety—depends on her ability to disguise her gender.

At least, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and in the midst of the gang of cutthroats, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate.

The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain, earning herself the chance to join the account and become a pirate alongside Calico Jack and Anne Bonny.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Breathlessly romantic and brilliantly subversive, The Unbinding of Mary Reade is sure to sweep readers off their feet and make their hearts soar. - (Perseus Publishing)

Author Biography

Miriam McNamara earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she won the Norma Fox Mazer award for a historical young adult manuscript work-in-progress. The Unbinding of Mary Reade is her first novel. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. - (Perseus Publishing)

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