America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray audiobook

America's First Daughter: A Novel

By Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
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HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062347268
23.44 Hours Unabridged
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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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A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Books Readers Are Most Pumped for in 2016

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable…A must-read.” Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author
“Meticulously researched, readers will feel a deep personal connection to each character. Though this historical backdrop is of great importance, this is a story of family relationships complicated by political turmoil.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“A stunning historical novel that will keep you up late, hoping the engaging story never ends. Highly, highly recommended!” Historical Novel Society, editor’s choice
“A Founding Father’s daughter tells all!…Thorough and well-researched.” Kirkus Reviews
“A triumphant, controversial, and fascinating plunge into the complexities of Revolutionary America.” C. W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel
America’s First Daughter brings a turbulent era to vivid life…It’s breathlessly exciting and heartbreaking.” Donna Thorland, author of The Turncoat

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Author Bio: Stephanie Dray

Author Bio: Stephanie Dray

Stephanie Dray is an award-winning, bestselling, and two-time RITA-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.

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Author Bio: Laura Kamoie

Author Bio: Laura Kamoie

Laura Kamoie holds a doctoral degree in early American history from the College of William and Mary, published two nonfiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the US Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 23.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English