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Detroit Lakes Public Library SPA (Text) 33500011573433 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library SPA (Text) 33500011573441 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780307908414
  • ISBN: 0307908410
  • Physical Description: 297 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st United States ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2013, c2012.

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General Note:
"Originally published in Canada by McClelland & Stewart, a division of Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto, in 2012."-- T.p. verso.
Summary, etc.:
Shunned by his Quaker community for marrying a servant girl, Daniel Dickinson pursues a new life on the Virginia frontier, where his family's values are tested by the challenges of homestead life and the moral dilemma of slave ownership.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 July #1
    In 1798, Daniel Dickinson brings his five children and new bride out of Pennsylvania and into southwestern Virginia. A recent widower, Daniel has been cast out of the Quakers for marrying his family's Methodist servant, Ruth, a 15-year-old orphan. The work is unrelenting and arduous; they have no experience building a homestead or farming. When Daniel unintentionally purchases a slave boy, Onesimus, his abolitionist beliefs slowly evaporate in the face of economic necessity and the need to protect him, or so he rationalizes. With mesmerizing prose echoing the bleak environment, Spalding demonstrates how one snip of a people's moral fabric can cause their values to unravel. The many biblical allusions enhance the telling. "The institution is as old as time," Daniel sorrowfully informs his daughter, Mary, when she questions him about slavery. Observing his example and its tragic aftereffects, Mary and her siblings grow up to form their own sense of right and wrong. A harrowing and moving saga with stunning evocations of day-to-day life, herbal medicine, and the meaning of freedom in early America. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

LINDA SPALDING was born in Kansas and lived in Mexico and Hawaii before immigrating to Canada in 1982. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels,Daughters of Captain Cook, The Paper Wife, and (with her daughter Esta) Mere. Her nonfiction includes The Follow (Canadian title, short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Prize, and published in the US asA Dark Place in the Jungle), Riska: Memories of a Dayak Girlhood (shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize), andWho Named the Knife. She has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. The Purchase received Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and its Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Spalding lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine.

Visit Linda's website at www.lindaspalding.com.

Subject: Widowers > Fiction.
Slavery > Fiction.
Life change events > Fiction.
Roman.
Amerikanisches Englisch.

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