Linda Spalding was born and raised in Kansas. She is the author of four novels, including the Purchase, winner of the Governor General’s Award, and two acclaimed works of nonfiction, A Dark Place in the Jungle, which was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Non-Fiction Prize, and Who Named the Knife.
A Reckoning, Linda’s latest novel, will delight fans of The Purchase, as it picks up where the story left off. The year is 1855 and the Dickinsons are on the run. The family’s resources have been wasted by a reckless brother who holds all of them hostage. A Canadian abolitionist has encouraged their slaves to escape. One among them, Bry has, embarking on a hazardous flight to find his mother and child in Canada. Meanwhile, the Dickinsons flee West, and each member of the family will be tested. Author Barbara Gowdy said “I had the privilege of reading Linda Spalding’s forthcoming novel, A Reckoning, in manuscript. It takes off where her Governor-General’s-Award winning novel, The Purchase, left off and is just as fine. I’m looking forward to… re-immersing myself in her historical vision.” – Barbara Gowdy
Linda lives in Toronto, where she is an editor of Brick magazine.