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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.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-nine AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.