At a time of rolling blackouts and terrible storms battering America, the neighbourhood of First Street, Charlottesville comes under attack by violent white supremacists. A group of friends, families and strangers flee together in an abandoned bus and head for the hills above town. They arrive at Monticello, the historic plantation-home of Thomas Jefferson, deserted but for its ghosts. Tentative at first, the group explores its rooms, forages in the grounds, and finds a kind of shelter. But the terror from their town is coming closer, and soon they have an impossible decision to make. My Monticello is a dazzling feat of speculative storyteling, a searing indictment of racism past and present, and a vision of resistance, community and hope. Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s debut introduces a powerful new voice.
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