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Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings

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Stephen O’Connor's profoundly original exploration of the many ways that the institution of slavery warped the human soul, as seen through the story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. O’Connor’s protagonists are rendered via scrupulously researched scenes of their lives in Paris and at Monticello that alternate with a harrowing memoir written by Hemings after Jefferson’s death, as well as with dreamlike sequences in which Jefferson watches a movie about his life, Hemings fabricates an "invention" that becomes the whole world, and they run into each other "after an unimaginable length of time" on the New York City subway.

O'Connor is unsparing in his rendition of the hypocrisy of the Founding Father and slaveholder who wrote "all men are created equal," while enabling Hemings to tell her story in a way history has not allowed her to. His important and beautifully written novel is a deep moral reckoning, a story about the search for justice, freedom and an ideal world - and about the survival of hope even in the midst of catastrophe.

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ISBN: 9780525429968
Publisher: Penguin Group
Language: English
Page Count: 624
Size: 9.31" l x 6.25" w x 1.81"
Series: N/A

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Fiction Historical