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Sacred LifeAlmost twenty years ago, Barbara Chase-Riboud made literary history when she published Sally Hemings. The novel spent six weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, sold 1.6 million copies worldwide, and breathed life into an historical enigma.
Sally Hemings details one of the greatest and most controversial stories in America: the tempestuous love affair between Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and his quadroon slave, the extravagantly beautiful Sally Hemings. Epic in proportion yet rendered in exquisite detail by a writer with the eye of a historian and the heart of a storyteller, Barbara Chase-Riboud illustrates the story of Sally Hemings—Thomas Jefferson's half-stepsister, mistress, the mother of his children, and the slave he would never set free.
Sally had lived happily at Monticello, the Jefferson plantation in Virginia, for many years. It was when she was sent to join the Jeffersons in Paris, when she was fourteen and Thomas forty-four, that he fell hopelessly in love with her. "The return to Virginia and to slavery had been a shock to me. In Paris, we had both forgotten what it meant to be white or black, master or slave."
By chronicling the tempestuous lives of two families, one black and one white yet both inextricably linked, Sally Hemings shows irrefutably one of the prime peculiarities of the peculiar institution: that love and bondage often went hand in hand.