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From age fifteen to fifty-something, "Sally" tells all. Yes, she and Jefferson "do it." And "It's a love story," says African American novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud, boldly going where no man has gone before, to the Hotel de Langeac bedroom. Chase-Riboud brings Sally out of Callender's pig-sty so we can meet her, hear her. She's no "wooly-headed concubine." She's no "slut as common as the pavement." Braving the firing squad of purist Jeffersonian historians, in 1979 Chase-Riboud gives Sally a voice for the first time in history, and it's a compelling one.