368 pages, 8.2 × 5.7 × 1 in
August 6, 2013
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771079362
ISBN - 13: 9780771079368
From the Publisher
In 1798, a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania with his 15-year-old orphan wife and his five children to a establish a new life. When he soon finds himself the owner of a young slave boy, a chain of events is set in motion that will lead to two murders and the family's strange relationship with a runaway slave named Bett.
Lyrical and as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life, Spalding's writing is nothing short of stunning. Her characters and their stories are unforgettable. Atmospheric and gripping, powerful and morally complex, the novel is timeless.
About the Author
Born and raised in Kansas, LINDA SPALDING immigrated to Canada in 1982 from Hawaii. She is the author of three much earlier novels and two acclaimed works of non-fiction, The Follow, which was shortlisted for The Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize; and, most recently, Who Named the Knife. She received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine. Her website is www.lindaspalding.com.
Praise for The Purchase
• "The Purchase is an epic novel in every way that matters - in scope, depth, and heart." -- Jury citation, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
• "Engrossing.... One of the finest historical novels in recent years." -- National Post
• "Imbued with the power of myth." -- Globe and Mail
• "A complex and engaging novel . . . Hardy-esque." -- Ottawa Citizen