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My Monticello: Fiction

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<p><b>“A badass debut by any measure</b><b>—</b><b>nimble, knowing, and electrifying.” </b><b>—</b><b>Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>The Nickel Boys </i>and <i>Harlem Shuffle</i></b><br><br><b>"...'My Monticello' is, quite simply, an extraordinary debut from a gifted writer with an unflinching view of history and what may come of it." </b><b>— <i>The Washington Post</i></b><br><br><br><b>A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.</b><br><br>Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, “My Monticello,” tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravelling within the nation.<br><br>In “Control Negro,” hailed by Roxane Gay as “one hell of story,” a university professor devotes himself to the study of racism and the development of ACMs (average American Caucasian males) by clinically observing his own son from birth in order to “painstakingly mark the route of this Black child too, one whom I could prove was so strikingly decent and true that America could not find fault in him unless we as a nation had projected it there.” Johnson’s characters all seek out home as a place and an internal state, whether in the form of a Nigerian widower who immigrates to a meager existence in the city of Alexandria, finding himself adrift; a young mixed-race woman who adopts a new tongue and name to escape the landscapes of rural Virginia and her family; or a single mother who seeks salvation through “Buying a House Ahead of the Apocalypse.”<br><br>United by these characters’ relentless struggles against reality and fate, <i>My Monticello</i> is a formidable book that bears witness to this country’s legacies and announces the arrival of a wildly original new voice in American fiction.</p>
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subject_facetBlack lives matter movement -- Fiction
Monticello (Va.) -- Fiction
Novellas
Short stories
Virginia -- Fiction
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My Monticello Fiction
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Black lives matter movement
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Literature
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