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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.

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The Purchase
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The Purchase
August 6th, 2014
Interesting read. Poor ending.
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The Purchase
May 2nd, 2014
Love the history. Hate the slavery. Enjoyed the book.
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A good read!
March 31st, 2014
Loved this book, and will probably reread again at some point. A bit slow in parts, but, having said that, I couldn't put it down for the most part. Would love to know more about how it relates to the author's family.
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The purchase
January 15th, 2014
I enjoyed this read. Interesting how the Quakers dealt with slavery.
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October 4th, 2013
A spellbinding story of pioneer times and the tribulations of blacks and whites in Virginia leading up to the U.S. Civil War
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The Purchase
August 29th, 2013
Although this story did not delve into one particular character in depth, the book kept me wanting to come back to it to see what would happen next. I liked it very much.
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