Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

My Monticello
  • My Monticello

  • 'Riveting' Guardian
    'Stunning' Mail on Sunday
    'Electrifying' Colson Whitehead
    'Absolutely unforgettable' Roxane Gay

    When the world collapses, where will you run?

    After rolling blackouts and epic storms engulf America, the neighbourhood of First Street, Charlottesville comes under attack by violent white supremacists. A small group of families, friends and strangers flee for their lives, taking refuge in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic plantation home in the hills above the town.

    Over nineteen heart-stopping days the group, led by Da'Naisha Love - a young Black descendant of Jefferson and Sally Hemings - find ways to survive as the world burns beneath them. But with the terror below coming closer, they must decide how far they're willing to go to protect what's theirs . . .

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, the Guardian, Shenandoah, Phoebe, Prime Number, and elsewhere. In addition to the Best American Short Stories 2018 anthology, her work has been read live by LeVar Burton and broadcast as part of PRI's Selected Shorts series. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Tin House, and VCAA. Johnson lives and teaches art to public-school children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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