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With her fine eye for historical detail, Tracy Chevalier writes a romantic, sweeping, and thoroughly engaging story about William Blake's London. Sure to bring an age alive, Burning Bright promises to be one of the most-anticipated books of the year.

Review:

"'Burning Bright' derives its title from the opening phrase of William Blake's great poem: 'Tyger, tyger, burning bright/ In the forests of the night. ...' When one learns that this novel's author is Tracy Chevalier, it follows as the night the day that we will enter the world of Blake's London and find 'fearful symmetry' there. If not precisely formulaic, Chevalier has by now established a formula... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The Blake connection, however, feels contrived and distracts from the plot, which weakens and loses steam after such a strong beginning — a minor quibble for fans of the genre or the author." Library Jounral

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"A story rich in background but lacking a compelling center." Kirkus Reviews

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New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.

In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.

Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring comes a stirring eighteenth-century coming-of- age tale

Tracy Chevalier, author of the international bestseller Girl With a Pearl Earring, returns with another brilliantly rendered historical tale set in the waning days of eighteenth-century London. Poet, artist, and printer William Blake works in obscurity as England is rocked by the shock waves of the French Revolution. Next door, the Kellaway family has just moved in, and country boy Jem Kellaway strikes up a tentative friendship with street?savvy Maggie Butterfield. As their stories intertwine with Blake?s, the two children navigate the confusing and exhilarating path to adolescence, and inspire the poet to create the work that enshrined his genius.

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She earned her BA at Oberlin College in Ohio and holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. She lives in London, England.

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Sophia Kugeares, February 15, 2009 (view all comments by Sophia Kugeares)
Chevalier continues her skill of telling the story of average people who encounter great historical persons. Here a humble 18th c. village chairmaker, Thomas Kellaway, moves his family to London at the invitation of a circus owner, in order to start over after an emotionally paralyzing personal tragedy. In London, the teen Kellaway children face challenges of urban life. Among them is an enduring friendship and attachment to William Blake, their next-door neighbor. The poet's evolving views of good and evil in the world, later expressed in his Songs of Innocence and Experience, are brought into focus through his relationship with the Kellaway children. Their shared experiences with other, street-wise, London teens, shapes an unforgettable and completely believable piece of historical fiction. Chevalier's unique manner of bringing the great artist/writer down to a human scale, expands on her earlier impeccably researched and written novels, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Virgin Blue.
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Dennis Kleinsmith, June 24, 2007 (view all comments by Dennis Kleinsmith)
While William Blake may not be a central character in "Burning Bright", his "Songs of Innocence and Experience" are, both in name and the way Chevalier brings them each to life, showing us the London that inspired Blake to write them. I had perused them before but after finishing this book, I read them with a whole new understanding and a much greater appreciation.
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Theresa Shiels, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by Theresa Shiels)
Tracy Chevalier brings 18th century London to life through the eyes of a recently arrived family from the country. The sights, sounds, and smells that the author describes paint a picture of what living in Londont at that time must have been like.The inclusion of William Blake as a character is interesting but not really necessary to the action. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a lively and exciting historical read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525949787
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Chevalier, Tracy
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
18th century
Subject:
Blake, William
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080226
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.32 x 6.3 x 1.31 in 1.2 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525949787 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Blake connection, however, feels contrived and distracts from the plot, which weakens and loses steam after such a strong beginning — a minor quibble for fans of the genre or the author."
"Review" by , "A story rich in background but lacking a compelling center."
"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.

In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.

Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.

"Synopsis" by ,
From the bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring comes a stirring eighteenth-century coming-of- age tale

Tracy Chevalier, author of the international bestseller Girl With a Pearl Earring, returns with another brilliantly rendered historical tale set in the waning days of eighteenth-century London. Poet, artist, and printer William Blake works in obscurity as England is rocked by the shock waves of the French Revolution. Next door, the Kellaway family has just moved in, and country boy Jem Kellaway strikes up a tentative friendship with street?savvy Maggie Butterfield. As their stories intertwine with Blake?s, the two children navigate the confusing and exhilarating path to adolescence, and inspire the poet to create the work that enshrined his genius.

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