A swashbuckler set in the West Indies of the early 19th Century DIE HEIMLICHE PIRATIN is a love story, a coming-of-age adventure and an eccentric comedy of manners about a woman who runs with the pirates to free herself from the conventional "rules" of gender, race and class. Tory Lightfoot, an orphan of mixed white and Mohawk blood, flees the stifling gentility of 1823 Boston for the freedom of the open sea. But the merchant ship on which she stows away is boarded by pirates off the coast of Cuba, and Tory is forced to join the pirate crew to save her life. Making herself useful as both log-keeper and spy, she begins to earn a measure of the independence she craves. But fate, fever and the relentless U. S. Navy West Indian Squadron close in, and Tory must risk her hard-won freedom to save the man she loves. Paperback German-language edition of THE WITCH FROM THE SEA.
Lisa gives an overview of the book:
I grew up in Hermosa Beach, CA, and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a decorative, but not especially useful B.A. in Aesthetic Studies. I launched my writing career as a film critic for the Santa Cruz alternative weekly, Good Times, a position I've held since...
"Jensen's fast-paced debut novel stands out for its satisfyingly well-drawn characters and strong historical sense of time and place. I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction."