Miriam McNamara

Miriam McNamara. Writer, YA fiction. Her debut novel, THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE, is available for preorder and will be released by Sky Pony Press February 6, 2018. Represented by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency. 




“A captivating account of gender, feminism, agency, and all manner of desire—most importantly, the desire to be free. Badass, through and through.”

-M-E Girard, Lambda Literary Award Winner and William C. Morris Award Finalist for Girl Mans Up


“Issues of gender identity and who and how to love make The Unbinding of Mary Reade resonate as strongly in the present as in the past. Action-packed, this romantic tale is bound to entice teen and adult readers alike.”

-Cordelia Jensen, author of Skyscraping and The Way the Light Bends


The Unbinding of Mary Reade is a rollicking, breathtaking adventure full of heart, passion, wit, and intelligence. I was turning pages fast as a wind fills a sail, marveling at the talent that is Miriam McNamara.”

-An Na, Printz Award Winner and National Book Award Finalist for A Step from Heaven


"Mary Reade is the sexy, high-seas swashbuckler we've been waiting for."

-Rita Williams-Garcia, Coretta Scott King Award Winner for One Crazy Summer


"This is the pirate novel we’ve been waiting for. Epic and confident, with a plot that sizzles and then ignites like a powder keg. Longing and love tangle in nuanced, powerful combinations as Mary takes to the high seas and meets her match in Anne Bonny. An unstoppable romance, an unforgettable adventure."

-Amy Rose Capetta, author of Echo After Echo


"I dare you not to yell huzzah! at least ten times while reading The Unbinding of Mary Reade, a swashbuckling girl-power adventure about owning who you are and loving who you want. Mary is an unforgettable heroine who is tough yet tender, a survivor who's got swagger and courage. I'd join her pirate crew any day!"

-Heather Demetrios, author of Bad Romance and Exquisite Captive


"The Unbinding of Mary Reade is a stunning debut—intense and unforgettable, thrilling to the very last page!" 

-Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity and An Uninterrupted View of the Sky


"Fantastic, unique, and inclusively diverse young adult fiction...you had me at 'queer pirates.' *grabby hands*"

-Tor.com (full article: "Brujas, Ships, and Zombies in This Season's New Young Adult Fiction")


The Unbinding of Mary Reade is also included on Hypable's "Most Anticipated Queer YA Books of 2018: Hypable's Top Picks" and Barnes and Noble Teen Blog's "Our Most Highly Anticipated LGBTQA YA of 2018"!




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