My Monticello

My Monticello

THE most powerful read of summer 2022


'Riveting' Guardian
'Electrifying' Colson Whitehead

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 . . .

'Absolutely unforgettable' Roxane Gay
'Stunning' Mail on Sunday


  • Riveting storytelling. This incandescent work speaks not just to the moment, but to history
    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the author

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's writing has appeared in Guernica and the Guardian and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest edited by Roxane Gay. My Monticello is her debut. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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