Sally Hemings: A Novel

Front Cover
Macmillan, Aug 5, 2000 - Fiction - 368 pages
1 Review
Sally Hemings is a novel, but its basis is in fact-as proven by DNA tests on the descendants of Thomas Jefferson and the mysterious woman who bore him seven children.

Barbara Chase-Riboud's moving and controversial novel recreates the love story of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, and his beautiful quadroon slave, Sally Hemings. Spanning two continents, sixty years, and seven presidencies, Sally Hemings explores the complex blend of love and hate, tenderness and cruelty, freedom and bondage, that made their lifelong liaison one of the most poignant and unforgettable chapters in American history.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Sally Hemings: A Novel

User Review  - T.tara - Goodreads

I LOVE how this woman takes history and weaves them into the most interesting stories. It's almost as if she was there. Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

1830 ALBEMARLE COUNTY
1
1787 PARIS
81
1833 THE CENSUS TAKER
153
17951809 MONTICELLO
175
1834 ALBEMARLE COUNTY
279
1812 MONTICELLO
289
1835 ALBEMARLE COUNTY
339
AFTERWORD AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
345
SOURCE DOCUMENTS
347
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

Barbara Chase-Riboud won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for best novel by an American woman for Salling Hemings. A widely exhibited and acclaimed sculptor as well as a writer, her novels include Echo of Lions and The President's Daughter. She divides her time between Paris and the United States.

Bibliographic information