Without their labor, the farm falters and is forfeited to the bank. John Dickinson, who is also a circuit-riding preacher, gathers his flock into a wagon train to find a new life in the west. But he carries a dangerous secret that compels him to abandon the group at the last minute, and his wife, daughters, and thirteen-year-old son, Martin, must now face life on the trail without him. After a fateful encounter along the way, Martin and Bry will hatch a plot to get Bry safely to Canada, but each member of the family will be irrevocably changed by the journey. Told with astonishing empathy, A Reckoning brilliantly re-creates an America that was: the undefiled beauty of its lands; the grand mix of settlers and Native Americans, blacks and whites; and people leaving one life behind for another they can only just begin to see.
Praise For A Reckoning: A Novel…
“A beautiful and brilliant work of art, vulnerable, driven, and unsettling. . . . Extraordinary.” —Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing
“Brilliant and harrowing. . . . There is something of Mark Twain in this telling and something of Willa Cather, a narrative as ingenious in its mix of points of view as Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.” —Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Time and Materials
“A dark and mythopoetic novel . . . Beautifully rendered. . . . . Epic.” —The Globe and Mail
“Excellent. . . . A drama set in the late 1850s as conflicts over slavery and abolition tear apart a Virginia plantation family. . . . Rife with historical detail.” —Publishers Weekly
“Timely, historically sensitive. . . . A literary saga. . . . Explores the ramifications of slavery on the next generation of the Dickinson family. . . . Spectacularly described.” —Booklist
“An engrossing, deftly crafted narrative. . . . Taking up the lives of the Dickinson family from her last historical novel, Spalding follows the misfortunes of patriarch Daniel’s sons.” —Kirkus Reviews
Anchor, 9780525435129, 320pp.
Publication Date: February 12, 2019