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- Description<b> Dazzling. . . The most revolutionary reimagining of Jefferson s life ever. Ron Charles, <i>Washington Post</i> Longlisted for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize A debut vel about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in whose story the conflict between the American ideal of equality and the realities of slavery and racism played out in the most tragic of terms.</b> Novels such asToni Morrison s<i>Beloved, </i><i>The Kwn World</i>by Edward P. Jones, James McBride s<i>The Good Lord Bird</i>and<i>Cloudsplitter</i>by Russell Banksare a part of a longtradition of Americanfiction that plumbs the moral and human costs of history in ways that nfiction simply can't. Now Stephen O Conr joins this company with a 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 Conr 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'Conr 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 t allowed her to. His important and beautifully written vel 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.
- Author BiographyStephen O'Connor is the author of two collections of short fiction, <i>Here Comes Another Lesson</i> and <i>Rescue</i>, as well as <i>Orphan Trains</i>, an acclaimed history of a pioneering nineteenth-century child welfare effort, and <i>Will My Name Be Shouted Out</i>, a memoir. His fiction has appeared in many publications, including <i>The New Yorker</i> and <i>The Best American Short Stories</i>. He lives in New York City and teaches in the Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence MFA programs.
- Author(s)Stephen O'Connor
- Date of Publication05/04/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight816 g
- Width157 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine48 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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