Sally Hemings: A Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 5, 2000 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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.

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User Review  - aine.fin - LibraryThing

A harrowing read. Beautifully crafted but difficult and frustrating at times - I was relieved to finish. Jefferson was too unlikeable. I wasn't sure what the point of the census taker story line was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa.Johnson.James - LibraryThing

I have always been interested in Jefferson as a person, not as much as a President, although that may sound strange. He was conflicted, as evidenced in his stand on slavery, being against it in ... Read full review

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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.

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