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4.74  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Semi-Finalist in the 2018 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Writing Contest, 5 Star Readers' Favorite, IHIBRP Reviews Recommended Read It’s 1968. Alice, a white nurse at an old-folks’ home, makes friends with the establishment’s oldest and only African-American resident, Sally. Alice shares a special bond with Sally, a bond she only divulges to her husband. Alice gains Sal ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Binka Publishing, LLC
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Vicki
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sally by J. Schlenker has touched me with a strength, a grace, and a beauty that belies the sadness that the pages hold. This is an encompassing story of a woman's life. A long life that begins as a slave and takes her through the MLK years. The story is told with heart. You feel the understanding emanate from Sally, and you wonder, would I be as forgiving, as loving?

Now after reading Sally, I hope I would. I hope I can take her pearls of wisdom and understanding and surround myself with the ea
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J. Schlenker
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
5 Stars from Readers' Favorites

Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

Sally: A Novel is the fictional account of the life of Sally Ann Barnes (1858 - 1969), a black woman born into slavery in Kentucky. Author J. Schlenker met Sally briefly as a child, when Sally was over one hundred years old. Her memory of that meeting later inspired Schlenker to research Sally's life. An introduction and an afterword discuss what is factually known, including several photographs and other document
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Elissa
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Jerri Schlenker has composed a fascinating, extremely well-researched book about the life of "Sally," a woman who was born a slave but died, 110 years later, a free woman. Tracing her history through the lives of her owners, employers and friends, Ms Schlenker gives us glimpses of life in another era and shares a remarkable story. This novelization provides many insights while weaving a compelling tale.
Sapele
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sally, A Novel is the fictional account of the life of Sally Ann Barnes (1858 - 1969), a black woman born into slavery in Kentucky. Author J. Schlenker met Sally briefly as a child, when Sally was over one hundred years old. Her memory of that meeting later inspired Schlenker to research Sally’s life. An introduction and an afterword discuss what is factually known, including several photographs and other documents. In the fictional account, which Schlenker tells by interweaving points of view f ...more
Pam
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sally is a novel by J. Schlenker. Sally Ann Barnes was a slave and did actually live. The author heard her story and began doing research on her. However, there were too many gaps in the information so instead of writing as a biography, she decided to write it as fiction. This makes the reading of the book flow easily and quickly. The story grabs your attention and you find yourself not wanting to stop. My suggestion is to start it early and to have tissues handy while reading it.
Sally was born
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Susan Wüthrich
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sally
In 1968, at the age of 109, Sally was living in a mixed-race old-age home where discrimination was still practiced. Through one of her more compassionate carers, she recalls how she was born into slavery and of the unjust treatment endured by so many like her.
The story moves smoothly through various generations and explores Sally’s memories, highlighting how little human life was valued in those times. Much research went into the writing of this book and the fact and fiction blend well with
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Florence Osmund
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a compelling tale (based mostly on fact) about an era of slavery in this country, strong-willed women, and fate. Sally’s journey through life was troubling, fascinating, and informative all at the same time. The story is intriguing, the characters deftly portrayed, and the glimpse into a slice of nineteenth century US history powerful. The way the author weaves fact with fiction is exemplary and captivating, and the fact that it is the author’s story as well makes this book especially appea ...more
Kate Everward
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction. And I found this topic especially important. One of those we mustn’t forget. Ever. And the author does it great justice. I don’t really know what to say except – read it. It’s an amazing journey, especially for us as human beings. Sally’s life is something we should all be aware of, all remember. A good book should make you feel with intensity. And that’s what this book does. That’s what Sally does. She shows you what kind of strength you develop when you live the type ...more
Brenda Ricker
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.

Sally was born into slavery and lived longer than a century. She observed and was the victim of the continued attitude toward African Americans despite the abolishment of slavery when she was a child. Despite all her suffering, she maintained a kindness and inner peace that served her well.

The author did an excellent job bringing Sally to life, and she artfully combined fact and fiction. The story made me want to know Sally, and bask in the g
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Bonnye Reed
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GNAb Sally is an excellent book, and I love that the fictionalized life of 'Sally' is interwoven with the fictional life of Michelle, and all is based loosely on the known lives of Sally and J. Schlenker. This was a wonderful tribute to the life of Sally Barnes. It is also a tribute to the digging prowess of J. Schlenker. Even in a small, insular community finding details about the lives of persons three and four generations back is not guaranteed. All that was found and shared with us is remark ...more
Kat Drennan
A white woman discovers a photo with her grandmother's journals and learns there is a black woman in her bloodline. This story lovingly follows her journey of discovery. I loved the way the story is revealed in the present, the recent past during Martin Luther King's time and then all the way in Sally's own words to a time of slavery. Schlenker's voice is wonderful, seamlessly leading us through the doors of time to reveal this poignant tale.
Bill
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching and warm

A Fascinating story about real life in Kentucky and the attitudes of people both good and bad. The dialogues are realistic and express true belief systems of many living in those times. The fears, delights, hopes, disappoints and joys are all there in a story which will captivate your interest, and have you begging for more!
T R
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sally by J. Schlenker is a breathtakingly beautiful, haunting read about a woman named Sally, born into slavery and lived to appreciate MLK. And in that time line, the period between Sally’s birth and death is much rich history. Racial tension rears its ugly head in the very beginning with Sally in a care-facility and two nurses take differing sides of the “colored” folk opposing views. Sally, a109/110 year-old (the records are conflicting), tells her story to her compassionate nurse, Alice, rec ...more
J.B. Richards
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sally” is an enthralling read based on actual history. It is apparent that the author went to great lengths to research her subject, not only recounting more than 100-years of African American history but the American journey as a whole. Focusing on both past and present, Schlenker touches on powerful pivotal issues that steered the direction of the nation during the late 1800’s to the turbulent 1960’s and beyond. In this multi-generational fictional biography, her main character speaks with ca ...more
Erin Bomboy
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the popularity of 23andMe and ancestry websites, "Sally" feels particularly timely. Ethnicity and origins can now be accessed and verified, and many of us may discover that we have all kinds of surprises lurking in our DNA.

One such surprise came for author J. Schlenker, who — using historical records, journals, family lore, and sleuthing skills — crafts a compelling look at Sally, a Black woman and Schlenker's relative. In her 109 years, Sally was privy to the complicated and sometimes ugly
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William Stinson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and interesting book. J. Schlenker does an exceptional job of combining historical references with a personal lifetime experience. Sally is a woman born to an american slave and lives long enough to witness the great civil rights movement in the 1960's over 100 years later. It's a intriguing story line that should please anyone with interests in black history, Appalachian pioneer life or just a good story with plenty of surprises and unexpected twists.
The narrative flows well
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Anne Carmichael
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an adoptee, stories that explore anyone's genealogy are very intriguing. Some forty years ago, I was asked to day-sit with a friend's mother, who had been born to former slaves in South Carolina. She shared many similar stories with me, so I was excited to read J. Schlenker's account of Sally's life.
I found the peeling back of layers of Sally's story enthralling. I doubt I would have 'been as forgiving and kind as Sally, had I endured the same degradation as she.
Certainly, Sally would be pro
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Louella Davis
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I liked the story, it flowed well and since I'm from carter county I'm familiar with the places and having lived in Greenup county I'm familiar with the Bonzo's and the stories about them, which probably could be another book.

Well done Jerri!
Joey Paul
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had picked up another book by the same author and thought this one sounded interesting. It was amazing. The author makes clear that some of this was based in fact but that research showed too many conflicting tales for the whole story to be true. I thought she wound the fiction with the fact perfectly and told the stories beautifully. I was intrigued and hooked from the first page. It was an amazing story and I loved every part of it. Highly recommended.
Cody J.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I began reading J. Schlenker’s book, Sally, I did not want to put it down. Sally hooked me from the very first page. Although Sally is a work of fiction, Schlenker based the book on real-life events and captures the oppression and bigotry of the American South. The protagonist, Sally Hughes, exemplifies the indomitable spirit of survivors of slavery and Schlenker illuminates the fact that little changed at the end of the Civil War. Although Congress intended the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendme ...more
Billy Buttons
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS
15th March, 2018
TITLE: Sally
AUTHOR: J. Schlenker
Star Rating: 4.5

‘The powerful story of a black woman in the American South and the astonishing life she lived.’

REVIEW
For the last three days I have been thoroughly immersed in Sally, a biographical novel following the life of a black woman called Sally. Let me begin by saying how gripping Sally’s story is. Not only is the historical aspect of the novel interesting, but the setting and characters jump off the page. There
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WordsAPlenty
This is a novel about the life of Sally, a woman born into slavery and who struggled and faced so much opposition because of her skin color. Yet, she maintained a peaceful, good and forgiving demeanor throughout her life.  Through journals of Sally’s family and rare opportunities to connect with folks who knew Sally or had heard of her, the author brought Sally to life.   

Sally's life from the moment of birth to her death is recounted in a creative and powerful manner.  We see her struggles and
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Dawn Brookes
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally, J. Schlenker



Review of Sally by Dawn Brookes 8th April 2018

Although this is written as a novel, it is actually semi-biographical. The author found gaps in the story of this extraordinary lady and opted to fill these gaps with fictional accounts.

It is a very interesting piece of family history and American history. Recent interest in family DNA makes the book relevant to now.

You have to admire Sally who was born a slave in hard times and the way she deals with abuse and the attitudes of the
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Catherine Byrne
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in three days! Having an interest in history and genealogy, I was captivated by the story of Sally and well impressed with the research that went into writing this book. Sally's voice was very well done, and the way she told her story very realistic. I can easily visualise the old woman in the care home. These pieces of history should not be lost through time, so well done to J. Schlenker, and thanks for writing this thought-provoking tale. The only downside for me, and the reas ...more
N.W. Moors
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally Barnes was a real person, born a slave in 1858 and dying at the age of 109 in 1967. Using genealogical records and interviews, the author has put together an entertaining and interesting story of Sally's life.
I'm a genealogist myself, so I found the story especially absorbing. Sally's life covers a long period of time and the little pictures of her life in rural Kentucky span slavery to Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
My only quibble is I would have liked some family trees included
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Fred Fanning
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story seemed confusing to me.
Ingrid Rizzolo
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dignifying Sally
Sally by J. Schlenker is a celebration of a woman whose indomitable spirit rises to outlast an inhumane system that consistently pressed and battered her and her kind. Schlenker does not shrink from showing the horrors of the system but with noble sensitivity shows in the character of Sally the decorum and dignity she maintains by contrast. In Sally, Schlenker seeks to raise Sally and the demographics she represents from invisibility, as she invests in Sally, a kind of Mother Ear
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J. Schlenker, a late blooming author, lives with her husband out in the splendid center of nowhere in the foothills of Appalachia where the only thing to disturb her writing is croaking frogs and the occasional sounds of hay being cut in the fields. Her first novel, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, published in December 2015, was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Wri ...more
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