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In 1798, Daniel Dickinson, a young Quaker father and widower, leaves his home in Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagonful of belongings, his five children, a fifteen-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future homestead.

When Daniel trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle in his conscience that will taint his life forever, and sets in motion a chain of events that lead to two murders and the family’s strange relationship with a runaway slave named Bett.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With meticulous yet seamless attention to historical detail, Linda Spalding transports the reader to eighteenth-century Virginia in her mesmerizing novel…An epic novel in every way that matters—in scope, depth, and heart.”

    Jury Citation, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

  • “Reads like a disturbing dream imbued with the power of myth.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “A powerful novel of personal tragedy that ends in a hopeful way.”

    Ottawa Citizen

  • Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2012
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About the Author

Linda Spalding was born and raised in Kansas. She is the author of several novels and two acclaimed works of nonfiction, A Dark Place in the Jungle, which was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and Who Named the Knife. Her novel The Purchase received Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. She lives in Toronto, where she is an editor of the literary magazine Brick.