America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laurie Kamoie
September 24, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Hudson Valley’s sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting. eBooks and eAudios are available on hoopla and Libby, and the library also has print copies available to borrow (call the library to place a hold for curbside pickup). Zoom meeting invitations will be sent out to registrants on the day of the book club.
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 after her mother’s death. It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, an 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.