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Sally Hemings: A Novel

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Barbara Chase-Riboud is an award-winning novelist and poet.


"The relationship must have been much as the author depicts it in this fine first novel: a mixture of love and hate, of tenderness and cruelty and of freedom and bondage. The book is well researched, well written, insightful, and entertaining. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal "A bold undertaking. The portrait of Jefferson is brilliantly imagined." --Larry McMurtry, New York Magazine "Chase-Riboud, an unusually gifted writer, has taken a stunning historical idea and made it sing with life. The characters and settings-the Hemings family and the Jefferson of Paris and Monticello-are vivid. Sally Hemings is a beautiful novel: the writing is eloquent, the story haunting." -- Grand Rapids Press "Haunting ... powerful and touching." -- The Denver Post "Exquisitely crafted ... a sensitive life study of a truly exceptional woman: complex, courageous, irresistibly attractive." -- Cosmopolitan "The Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings legend is as deeply embedded in American mythology as John Henry. Barbara Chase-Riboud has captured all of the power, pain and ironic beauty which make the legend persist. It is a very moving and human novel." --Nathan Huggins, author of Black Odyssey "[An] extremely affecting and poetic first novel. Even if historical fact and careful supposition were not the story's basis, the Jefferson-Hemings relationship the novelist has imagined would be unforgettable." -- The New Republic "Her novelistic abilities are impressive: she writes with grace and force, has an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue, a sense of scene and a capacity to create believable and interesting characters ... Intelligently, even brilliantly imagined." - The New Yorker

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