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My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson


A city under siege from terrorists, the power grid down and residents forced to run to safety

– it sounds like a postapocal­yptic nightmare. And yet My Monticello is loosely inspired by true events: when white nationalis­ts descended on Charlottes­ville in 2017. The fictional Da’Naisha has to flee with her grandma, boyfriend and neighbours, ending up in Thomas Jefferson’s old house – Monticello. It’s also part of Da’Naisha’s heritage, as a descendant of Jefferson and his relationsh­ip with a slave. Much of the symbolism can be quite heavy-handed – particular­ly as Da’Naisha is pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is: her white college boyfriend or an old black flame.

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