Winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award
Trillium Award Finalist - 2013
“With meticulous yet seamless attention to historical detail, Linda Spalding transports the reader to 18th century Virginia in her mesmerizing novel …. The Purchase is an epic novel in every way that matters – in scope, depth, and heart.”
—Jury Citation , The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
"Spalding is a gifted prose stylist."
"In The Purchase, one man's unsettling betrayal of his own moral code creates unforeseen ripples that sweep over multiple generations. Thanks to Spalding's compassion and the singular brilliance of her narration this transfixing novel weaves a tale that is both intimate in nature and, ultimately, huge in scope."
—Gil Adamson, author of The Outlander
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.See all Product Description
One of the most boring books I have ever read .The characters are one dimensional and difficult to identify with.Published 15 months ago by Eva Kleinman
A germ of truth is woven into a very interesting story of how religion and races coped with the realities of a tough pioneering spirit and physical tests of survival.Published 18 months ago by Patrick Lafferty
The storyline was quit unusual and interesting and the writing was good. However, I found the actions of the characters somewhat unbelievable at times. Read morePublished 18 months ago by connie epp
I had to push myself to finish this book as I really did not enjoy it very much. I found it a bit boring.Published 19 months ago by Danita
I enjoyed The Purchase because it had very interesting characters, although I felt parts of it were unrealistic. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cheryl Wilson
I like how this novel covred both the stories of the Quackersand the slaves during the final years of slavery. Very well written.Published 21 months ago by C.D.
With this story, Linda Spalding creates the world of the Dickinson family. She skilfully crafts complete and complicated characters and yet manages to develop the reader's sympathy... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2013 by Lisa Dalrymple
An extraordinary family saga that builds to an incredible climax. Don't be put off by the Quakerism or the stern opening - this is a story that will leave you breathless.Published on July 8 2013 by Stella Hosnani