America’s First Daughter: A Novel

By | January 2, 2018
America's First Daughter: A Novel Author Stephanie Dray
ISBN-10 0062347268
ISBN-13 9780062347268
Year 2016-03-01
Pages 587
Language English
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
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THE NEW YORK TIMES USA TODAYBESTSELLERIn a compelling richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating untold story of Thomas Jefferson s eldest daughter Martha Patsy Jefferson Randolph a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy From her earliest days Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly his devotion to his country runs deeper still As Thomas Jefferson s oldest daughter she becomes his helpmate protector and constant companion in the wake of her mother s death traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France It is in Paris at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution that fifteen year old Patsy learns about her father s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings a slave girl her own age Meanwhile Patsy has fallen in love with her father s protg William Short a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat Torn between love principles and the bonds of family Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William s wife and still be a devoted daughter Her choice will follow her in the years to come to Virginia farmland Monticello and even the White House And as scandal tragedy and poverty threaten her family Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father s reputation in the process defining not just his political legacy but that of the nation he founded

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