Yet another book I picked up because of my Hamilton-inspired fascination with US history, this novel tells the story of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter Martha (usually known as “Patsy” for some reason) from her own point of view. Her famous father emerges as a great but flawed man, deeply loved and tirelessly served by his daughter (and indeed most of his family) but certainly not without his weaknesses.
If you think corruption and scandal in American politics are something new they invented for the 2016 election, you definitely should read some history. The scandals surrounding Jefferson’s extended family alone are enough to fill a book, and they do fill this one, while fleshing out the portrait of Martha as a woman of her time, who lives through incredible events and tries to carve out a life for herself and her family in the midst of those events. I found this an interesting and informative read.