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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.

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling  author of six previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.

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Joanne Haley, April 7, 2013 (view all comments by Joanne Haley)
Another great read by Tracy Chevalier, who really has a gift for writing historical fiction and making it come alive for the reader. This novel lets you peek into the lives of some of those who kept the underground railroad going, who had to put their personal convictions out in front of convenience. Slavery is so hard to read about and seeing what people went through to help slaves reach freedom made this page turner hard to put down. I always love historical fiction for the knowledge attained from reading it as well as the entertainment value and Tracy Chevalier is so good at delivering both.
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Glo, March 16, 2013 (view all comments by Glo)
Tracy Chevalier has written a classic story of the heart versus the head in this tale of Honor Bright, a young English Quaker woman newly arrived in America, who must decide for herself whether to aid escaping slaves in defiance of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the wishes of her new husband's family. Though Quakers are morally opposed to slavery, the consequences if caught aiding runaways are severe. Chevalier's narrative is complex and compelling; even Donovan the slave catcher who confuses and excites Honor is not an entirely unsympathetic character. Her struggles to see the inner light in everyone and find her place in a strange new land make this a must read for lovers of historical fiction.
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Laurie Blum, October 22, 2012 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
"The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier
I laughed, cried & cheered main character, Honor Bright, a demure English Quaker as she arrives in Ohio via a tumultuous boat ride from "across the pond". Set in the 1850's, the author presented a vividly-detailed colorful, informative fictional history highlighting the town of Oberlin & the freedom movement along the Underground Railroad. As my husband is a graduate of Oberlin College Music Conservatory, we are frequent visitors to this midwestern area.
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ISBN:
9780525952992
Author:
Chevalier, Tracy
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Author:
Reading, Kate
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
CD- Unabridged
Publication Date:
20130124
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page color insert on insert stock
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.31 x 6 x 1.18 in 1.08 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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