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  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787303331
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $30.00

My Monticello

A powerful call for collectivism and one of the biggest American debuts of 2021

In a time of rolling blackouts and terrible storms battering America, the neighbourhood of 1st Street, Charlottesville is attacked by violent white supremacists.

Families, friends and strangers flee for their lives in an abandoned bus, taking refuge in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic plantation home in the hills above town.

Over nineteen heart-stopping days the group find ways to care for and sustain one another as the world burns beneath them.

Told by Da'Naisha Love, a young Black descendant of Jefferson and Sally Hemings, My Monticello is a searing indictment of racism past and present, and a powerful vision of resistance, hope and love.

  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787303331
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $30.00

About the author

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, the Guardian, Shenandoah, Phoebe, Prime Number, and elsewhere. In addition to the Best American Short Stories 2018 anthology, her work has been read live by LeVar Burton and broadcast as part of PRI's Selected Shorts series. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Tin House, and VCAA. Johnson lives and teaches art to public-school children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Praise for My Monticello

My Monticello is a magnificent debut that holds so much in its gaze. This breathtaking, artful book is a gift

Megha Majumdar, New York Times bestselling author of A BURNING

I was enthralled from the opening lines of this book. Stunning

Charles Yu, National Book Award-winning author of INTERIOR CHINATOWN

This is a stunning debut by a brilliant and original new voice

Danielle Evans, award-winning author of THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS

A badass debut by any measure - nimble, knowing, and electrifying

Colson Whitehead, twice-Pulitzer Prize winning author of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and THE NICKEL BOYS

Absolutely unforgettable. Johnson's prose soars to remarkable heights

Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of HUNGER and AYITI

Riveting storytelling. This incandescent work speaks not just to the moment, but to history

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Johnson's debut book is stellar

Kirkus (starred review)

An astonishing display of craftsmanship and heart-tugging narratives... Johnson is a brilliant storyteller who gracefully reflects a clear mirror on a troubled America

Booklist (starred review)

An electric new literary voice


Unputdownable... Extraordinarily powerful... One of the finest books of 2021 and a future classic

The Bookseller, Book of the Month

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