My Monticello

My Monticello

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Language: English

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Description:

"A badass debut by any measure?nimble, knowing, and electrifying."
Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Nickel Boys and Harlem Shuffle
A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.
Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, "My Monticello," tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da'Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson's historic...