The Last Runaway
By Tracy Chevalier
(Plume, Paperback, 9780142180365, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
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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.
Tracy Chevalier was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She lives in London with her husband and son.
“A rich, well-researched novel—it’s the story of one young woman becoming an American.”
—NPR, All Things Considered
“Well-told and engrossing . . . With compelling characters and swift pacing, ¬The Last Runaway adds a worthy new chapter to a story that has consumed generations.”
“Irresistible.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Chevalier admirably weaves historical figures and actual events into a compelling narrative.”
—San Francisco Chronicle (on Remarkable Creatures)
"Evokes entire landscapes...a master of voices."
—New York Times Book Review (on Falling Angels)
"Chevalier's signature talent lies in bringing alive the ordinary day-to-dayness of the past...lovingly evoked."
—Elle (on Burning Bright)
"Absorbing...[Chevalier] creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place."
—The New Yorker (on Girl With a Pearl Earring)
"Chevalier's ringing prose is as radiantly efficient as well-tended silver."
—Entertainment Weekly (on Falling Angels).