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America's First Daughter (Paperback) by Stephanie Dray

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In 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 protégé 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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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In 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 protégé 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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"Authors Dray and Kamoie have performed tireless research. Whether it's detailing Patsy's life as a debutante in Paris, where she dances with Lafayette and witnesses the first flickers of the French Revolution, or recounting the world of a Virginia plantation, they've done their homework."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] triumphant, controversial, and fascinating plunge into the complexities of Revolutionary America, where women held power in subtle ways and men hid dangerous secrets. You'll never look at Jefferson or his legacy the same way again."--C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel

"America's First Daughter brings a turbulent era to vivid life. All the conflicts and complexities of the Early Republic are mirrored in Patsy's story. It's breathlessly exciting and heartbreaking by turns-a personal and political page-turner."--Donna Thorland, author of The Turncoat

"Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable -- this enlightening literary journey takes us from Monticello to revolutionary Paris to the Jefferson White House, revealing remarkable historical details, dark family secrets, and bringing to life the colorful cast of characters who conceived of our new nation. A must read."--Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress

"This is a stunning historical novel that will keep you up late, hoping the engaging story never ends. Highly, highly recommended!"--Historical Novel Society, Editor's Choice
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.8 Inches (W) x 1.6 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 587
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Historical
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Format: Paperback
Author: Stephanie Dray
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2016
TCIN: 50340915
UPC: 9780062347268
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-2029
Origin: Made in the USA
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KatieM - 6 years ago
Lovely book! Though surely parts are fictional, it seems to be full of facts as well. Very hard to put down. Can’t wait to read more by these authors.
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Amber - 7 years ago
I loved this book, it is a true epic with all the makings: illness, romance, family trouble, heartbreak, and so much more. I think a very personal peek into the struggles of the early American woman
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fun creative book

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kristenm - 7 years ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is historical fiction but it is obvious that the writers thoroughly researched Martha Jefferson. I love how they start each chapter with a phrase from one of Martha Jefferson or Thomas Jefferson's letters and create a story based upon that. I couldn't put the book down. It is one of the best books I've read in the past year. You won't regret buying this.
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