"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
[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
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 settingsthe Hemings family and the Jefferson of Paris and Monticelloare vivid. Sally Hemings is a beautiful novel: the writing is eloquent, the story haunting.” Grand Rapids Press
Haunting . . . powerful and touching.” The Denver Post
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
Exquisitely crafted . . . a sensitive life study of a truly exceptional woman: complex, courageous, irresistibly attractive.” Cosmopolitan
The Thomas JeffersonSally 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
Very informative novel about plantation life in the 1700s. Hard to believe that slavery took place in our country and how long it lasted. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Jojo
Outstanding, it gives you an entire different perspective on the love, devotion and anger between two very extraordinary persons that
lived in an impossible time that did not... Read more
Wonderful book about Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson.
Ms. Hemings, as portrayed by Barbara Chase-Riboud is an admirable lady and I hope that she would be very pleased with... Read more
Brilliant! The author, in this deeply researched novel, convincingly recreates the home life of one of our greatest and most conflictrd presidents through the eyes of his enslaved... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Westsong
This was purchased for a gift. I have bought several copies for gifts as I think it is well written and probably an accurate description of those times.Published 9 months ago by Ann P.