America's First Daughter
By Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
William Morrow, 2016. 590 pgs. Historical Fiction
Authors Dray and Kamoie consulted thousands of letters and primary documents while researching for this rich historical novel of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter.
Patsy was a fascinating woman whose life provides a unique perspective of the early days of our country. Her father’s legacy was larger than life even while he lived and Patsy grew up with the eyes of a nation constantly upon her. But, the sacrifices and struggles of her life were brought on as much by personal loss as by the upheaval caused by the revolution.
America’s First Daughter presents Patsy as a complex and conflicted personality. She is vividly described along with the turbulent time she lived in. A wonderful novel with substance, worthy of the woman it depicts.