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African American Women Writers

Sculptor, poet, and author Barbara Chase-Riboud first won literary acclaim for her 1979 biographical novel Sally Hemings. Praised for its lyricism, insight, and meticulous research, this book also ignited a controversy for asserting that Thomas Jefferson had fathered children with his slave, Sally Hemings. Undeterred, Chase-Riboud continued to write moving, believable portraits of historically marginalized people, including a sequel to Sally Hemings about her and Jefferson's daughter. Sometimes risqué, her work examines power in contexts both racial and sexual. Readers interested in injustices of the past written from convincingly contemporary perspectives will find Chase-Riboud's novels arresting.

Genre: Poetry, Historical fiction

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By Barbara Chase-Riboud