The Last Runaway

By Tracy Chevalier; Kate Reading (Read by)
(Penguin Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9781611761412, 8pp.)

Publication Date: January 24, 2013

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Description
"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 author of "New Yorks Times" bestselling "Girl with a Pearl Earring." She holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. An American originally from Washington, DC, she currently lives in London with her husband and son.

Kate Reading is the recipient of multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and has been named by "AudioFile" magazine as a "Voice of the Century," as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She has narrated works by authors as Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, Edith Wharton, and Sophie Kinsella. Reading has performed at numerous theaters in Washington D.C. and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemon. "AudioFile" Magainze reports that, "With subtle control of characters and sense of pacing, Kate's performances are a consistent pleasure.."
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