Just in time for the steamy days of summer, is a book set in the steamy southwest of Virginia in the late 1700s and early 1800s
The book we’ve chosen for you this month is Governor General’s Award winner The Purchase by Linda Spalding, as recommended by guest reader Esi Edugyan.
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 haunt his life forever.