Americas First Daughter: A Novel

America's First Daughter: A Novel

Synopsis

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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Chapters

  • 001 America's First Daughter
    Duration: 14s
  • 002 Note to the Listener
    Duration: 44s
  • 003 July 5
    Duration: 12min
  • 004 Chapter 01
    Duration: 49min
  • 005 Chapter 02
    Duration: 29min
  • 006 Chapter 03
    Duration: 28min
  • 007 Chapter 04
    Duration: 32min
  • 008 Chapter 05
    Duration: 40min
  • 009 Chapter 06
    Duration: 33min
  • 010 Chapter 07
    Duration: 36min
  • 011 Chapter 08
    Duration: 34min
  • 012 Chapter 09
    Duration: 34min
  • 013 Chapter 10
    Duration: 37min
  • 014 Chapter 11
    Duration: 25min
  • 015 Chapter 12
    Duration: 34min
  • 016 Chapter 13
    Duration: 37min
  • 017 Chapter 14
    Duration: 37min
  • 018 Chapter 15
    Duration: 30min
  • 019 Chapter 16
    Duration: 23min
  • 020 Chapter 17
    Duration: 34min
  • 021 Chapter 18
    Duration: 38min
  • 022 Chapter 19
    Duration: 39min
  • 023 Chapter 20
    Duration: 29min
  • 024 Chapter 21
    Duration: 36min
  • 025 Chapter 22
    Duration: 22min
  • 026 Chapter 23
    Duration: 33min
  • 027 Chapter 24
    Duration: 27min
  • 028 Chapter 25
    Duration: 35min
  • 029 Chapter 26
    Duration: 39min
  • 030 Chapter 27
    Duration: 26min
  • 031 Chapter 28
    Duration: 26min
  • 032 Chapter 29
    Duration: 22min
  • 033 Chapter 30
    Duration: 33min
  • 034 Chapter 31
    Duration: 31min
  • 035 Chapter 32
    Duration: 36min
  • 036 Chapter 33
    Duration: 34min
  • 037 Chapter 34
    Duration: 21min
  • 038 Chapter 35
    Duration: 24min
  • 039 Chapter 36
    Duration: 31min
  • 040 Chapter 37
    Duration: 30min
  • 041 Chapter 38
    Duration: 29min
  • 042 Chapter 39
    Duration: 37min
  • 043 Chapter 40
    Duration: 26min
  • 044 Chapter 41
    Duration: 26min
  • 045 Chapter 42
    Duration: 28min
  • 046 Chapter 43
    Duration: 14min
  • 047 Epilogue
    Duration: 14min
  • 048 Author's Note
    Duration: 13min
  • 049 Credits
    Duration: 38s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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