Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings
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Dazzling. . . The most revolutionary reimagining of Jeffersons life ever. Ron Charles, Washington Post Winner ofthe Crooks Corner Book Prize Longlisted for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize A debut novel about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in whose story the conflict between the American ideal of equality and the realities of slavery and racism played out in the most tragic of terms. Novels such asToni MorrisonsBeloved,The Known Worldby Edward P. Jones, James McBridesThe Good Lord BirdandCloudsplitterby Russell Banksare a part of a longtradition of Americanfiction that plumbs the moral and human costs of history in ways that nonfiction simply can’t. Now Stephen OConnor joins this company with a profoundly original exploration of the many ways that the institution of slavery warped the human soul, as seen through the story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. OConnors protagonists are rendered via scrupulously researched scenes of their lives in Paris and at Monticello that alternate with a harrowing memoir written by Hemings after Jeffersons death, as well as with dreamlike sequences in which Jefferson watches a movie about his life, Hemings fabricates an
9780143128892, 0143128892, 9780698410336, 0698410335
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