My Monticello

My Monticello

My Monticello

  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 144 x 222 x 22mm | 316g
  • Publication date: 04 Nov 2021
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • ISBN10: 1787303020
  • ISBN13: 9781787303027
  • Bestsellers rank: 33,818

'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.

*A METRO CHRISTMAS GIFT PICK 2021*

'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' ****