My Monticello

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At a time of rolling blackouts and terrible storms battering America, the neighbourhood of First Street, Charlottesville comes under attack by violent white supremacists. A group of friends, families and strangers flee together in an abandoned bus and head for the hills above town. Led by Da’Naisha Love, they arrive at Monticello, the historic plantation – home of Thomas Jefferson, deserted but for its ghosts. As a young Black descendant of Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Da’Naisha has a complex relationship with the house. Tentative at first, the group explores rooms, forages on the grounds, and finds a kind of shelter. But the terror from their town is coming closer, and soon they have an impossible decision to make.

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‘ELECTRIFYING’ Colson Whitehead
‘ABSOLUTELY UNFORGETTABLE’ Roxane Gay

At a time of rolling blackouts and terrible storms battering America, the neighbourhood of First Street, Charlottesville comes under attack by violent white supremacists. A group of friends, families and strangers flee together in an abandoned bus and head for the hills above town.

Led by Da’Naisha Love, they arrive at Monticello, the historic plantation-home of Thomas Jefferson, deserted but for its ghosts. As a young Black descendant of Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Da’Naisha has a complex relationship with the house. Tentative at first, the group explores rooms, forages on the grounds, and finds a kind of shelter. But the terror from their town is coming closer, and soon they have an impossible decision to make.

My Monticello is the story of nineteen heart-stopping days of refuge and reclamation, told by Da’Naisha with courage and with grace. This deeply moving novel is a searing indictment of racism past and present, and a powerful vision of resistance, community and hope.

‘ONE OF THE FINEST NOVELS OF 2021 and A FUTURE CLASSIC’ The Bookseller

Early readers love My Monticello (reviews from NetGalley):
‘So much to love… A truly astonishing debut’ *****
‘What an incredible voice she has’ *****
‘Deserves the praise heaped upon it’ *****
‘Johnson’s writing is vivid and bold’ ****
‘The end is terrific, terrifying and mind blowing’ ****
‘Raw, powerful and a great contemporary voice’ ****
‘Definitely deserves a spot on your reading list’ ****

Additional information

Weight 0.316 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 14.4 × 2.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

182

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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