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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Books Readers Are Most Pumped for in 2016
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