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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
15-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future
homestead. When Daniel suddenly 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.
Stripped down and as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life,
Spalding''s writing is nothing short of stunning, as it instantly
envelops the reader in the world and time of the novel, and follows
the lives of unforgettable characters. Inspired by stories of the
author''s own ancestors, The Purchase is a resonant,
powerful and timeless novel.