America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is the story of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, a daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Based on Jefferson's letters and actual historical events, the novel imagines Patsy's struggles to remain loyal to her father while following her own heart during America's turbulent post-Revolutionary years.
The novel opens in 1826 just after the death of Jefferson. Patsy is left to go through her father's letters. In addition to Patsy, Jefferson is survived by Sally Hemings, a slave about Patsy's age who is the half-sister of Jefferson's late wife. Hemings was his lover for many years and the mother of several of his children. Patsy knows the story of her father's long relationship with Sally can never be told. It is Patsy's duty to protect both her father and her country by keeping his secrets.
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