Great historical novel. I learned great insight into this remarkable family.
The Adams family from John, John Q., Charles Francis, and Henry. Four generations with its accomplishments and failures. Great book for the history buff.
The controversy over the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his African American slave Sally Hemings has raged for generations. Shannon Lanier, a 20-year-old descendant of Jefferson and Hemings, was inspired to delve deeper into the debate after attending the Monticello Association's yearly meeting in 1999. On the heels of the discovery through DNA evidence of a link between Jefferson and Hemings, excitement was running high at Jefferson's famous homestead. Lanier, who is black, encountered Jeffersons who embraced him, and those who wouldn't even shake his hand. He met Hemingses who looked as white as Jeffersons, Jeffersons who refused to acknowledge the scientific evidence, and Hemingses who were angry at having to prove their lineage.
Bought it without realizing it was "juvenile literature" and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this wonderful book regardless of its intended audience. So good to hear from so many Jefferson descendants of all colors!!
A terrific book that has kept its appeal for 25 years. If you liked the recent HBO miniseries John Adams, or the book it was based on, you should also try this book.