The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

Briony Cameron

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The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

Briony Cameron

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This epic, dazzling tale based on true events illuminates a woman of color's rise to power as one of the few purported female pirate captains to sail the Caribbean, and the forbidden love story that will shape the course of history.

In the tumultuous town of Yáquimo, Santo Domingo, Jacquotte Delahaye is an unknown but up-and-coming shipwright. Her dreams are bold but her ambitions are bound by the confines of her life with her self-seeking French father. When her way of life and the delicate balance of power in the town are threatened, she is forced to flee her home and become a woman on the run along with a motley crew of refugees, including a mysterious young woman named Teresa.

Jacquotte and her band become indentured servants to the infamous Blackhand, a ruthless pirate captain who rules his ship with an iron fist. As they struggle to survive his brutality, Jacquotte finds herself unable to resist Teresa despite their differences. When Blackhand hatches a dangerous scheme to steal a Portuguese shipment of jewels, Jacquotte must rely on her wits, resourcefulness, and friends to survive. But she discovers there is a grander, darker scheme of treachery at play, and she ultimately must decide what price she is willing to pay to secure a better future for them all.

An unforgettable tale told in three parts, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye is a thrilling, buccaneering escapade filled with siege and battle, and is also a tender exploration of friendship, love, and the search for freedom and home.

Critical Reviews

"Thrilling, heart-pounding adventure meets thoughtful feminist history in The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye. Cameron has crafted a rare and special tale that looks upon the world with realism while leaving the reader with an enduring sense of hope. An absolutely stunning debut."--Vaishnavi Patel, New York Times bestselling author of Kaikeyi

"I tore through The Ballad of Jacqquotte Delahaye--packed full of action, excitement, peril, and romance on the high seas, this is the sapphic pirate book of my dreams."
--Sarah Underwood, author of Lies We Sing to the Sea

"Empowering. Uplifting. Illuminating. Cameron brings Jacquotte vividly to life; I was hooked from first to last. A tour de force of storytelling!"--Menna van Praag, author of The House at the End of Hope Street

"The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye is an action-packed, pirate-filled adventure on the high seas! Cameron weaves a beautiful and, at times, gut-wrenching tale of found family, self-discovery, and the true meaning of freedom. Readers will fall in love with Jacquotte as she finds herself and her purpose amid the waves of the Caribbean Sea. Fast-paced, steeped in realism, and brimming with lovable characters, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye will appeal to both avid historical fiction readers and those new to the genre."--M. J. Kuhn, internationally bestselling author of Among Thieves

"For anyone whose historical fiction wishlist includes unforgettable female characters, breathless adventure, and passion a-plenty."--Julie Walker, author of Bonny & Read

"Briony Cameron's debut--a vivid account of legendary figure Jacquotte Delahaye, shipwright turned pirate of the Caribbean, and her lawbreaking chosen family--is gritty, exciting, and tender. I loved the novel's focus on queer joy in a rough world!"--Katharine Beutner, author of Killingly

"Debut novelist Cameron reimagines historical events in portraying her larger-than-life protagonist in a tale of triumph over a male pirate captain, racial inequality, sexism, slavery, and violence. This is a wonderfully gripping adventure story about a lesbian pirate of color who rose from obscurity to infamy at the height of the age of piracy. Fans of LGBTQ+ historical fiction and those who relish tales of notorious figures from the past will find that this novel is an absolute treasure."-- "Booklist, starred review"

"A thrilling, swashbuckling story of a young Santo Domingo shipwright's rise to notoriety as the first female pirate captain of the Caribbean."-- "People Magazine"

"Cameron debuts with an exciting and multidimensional story inspired by the women pirates who sailed the Caribbean in the 17th century...The heart of the novel lies with Jacquotte, whose honor, passion, and tenacity leap off the page. This fiery feminist adventure shows what legends are made of."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred)"

"A high-stakes, gripping adventure full of heart-pounding duels and bonds that run deeper than blood, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye is an engrossing debut. Jacquotte and her determination to chart her own course, rather than follow the path others have set before her, will stay with readers long after the final page."--Lillie Lainoff, author of One for All

Publishing Information

Publisher: Atria Books
Pub date: 2024-06-04
Length: 368 pages
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