The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

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5 Critic Reviews

...The Last Runaway is beautifully written and offers much for the reader to savor.
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Synopsis

A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s vivid exploration of an iconic chapter in American history. 

Ohio 1850. For a modest English Quaker stranded far from home, life is a trial. Untethered from the moment she leaves England, fleeing personal disappointment, Honor Bright is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost. 

Like Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings, Chevalier's novel is a sweeping and important novel about the power of bravery, friendship, and perseverance.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Tracy Chevalier

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TRACY CHEVALIER is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was 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.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Penguin Books. 353 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Carol Birch on Mar 08 2013

The important themes of the book – slavery and the resistance movement–are...less developed than the Quakers and quilting angle. As a period piece on Ohio life in the 1850s it is admirable, but Tracy Chevalier has written far better books than this.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Mary Sharratt on Jan 17 2013

...The Last Runaway is beautifully written and offers much for the reader to savor.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Dolen Perkins-Valdez on Jan 01 2013

The Last Runaway is a rich, well-researched novel — it's the story of one young woman becoming an American.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Renee C. Fountain on Jan 08 2013

Tracy Chevalier...has captured the timeless writing style that defines a classic. Honor Bright’s story is quiet yet utterly captivating.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by HEATHER LEIGHTON on Jan 25 2013

For anyone interested in the Underground Railroad and the Pre-Civil War era, The Last Runaway is well worth your book-buying buck.

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