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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
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The Last Runaway (2013)

by Tracy Chevalier

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I really ended up enjoying this book. Quaker girl Honor Bright travels from England with her sister to start life anew in America, and ends up getting involved in a small Ohio segment of the Underground Railroad. Chevalier dwells on many elements that may appeal to female readers: romance and quilting. The suspense and reality of portrayed of slaves escaping to freedom is the compelling element of the story. I loved Honor's resistance to what their society's norms are, all the while paying respect to them. Most importantly, Chevalier takes great care of her escaping slaves, neither victims nor stereotypical. but vivid and strong. Very well done, very quick read. ( )
  Oregonpoet | Jul 12, 2019 |
Tracy Chevalier show's how quilting and silence could help free enslaved people. She portrays the self-discipline and quiet determination of a young Quaker girl, in difficult times, working to be part of a helping community while caught in an individualistic household. She also touches on issues of the Constitution, the property system, and even the justice system, or rather, misuse of those systems. As relevant today as in 1850, the height of the Industrial Revolution.

I was struck by the challenges of being part of a community which does not live up to the ideals it proclaims, and how members of the community act as individuals -balancing the needs of community vs. one's own survival (economic and physical) can be difficult. When is it right to make the supreme sacrifice, and why?

In Service to Community,
Shira Destinie of The MEOW Community Cooperation Blog
MEOW Date: 5 Sept. 12,014 H.E. (Holocene/Human Era) ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Tracy Chevalier show's how quilting and silence could help free enslaved people. She portrays the self-discipline and quiet determination of a young Quaker girl, in difficult times, working to be part of a helping community while caught in an individualistic household. She also touches on issues of the Constitution, the property system, and even the justice system, or rather, misuse of those systems. As relevant today as in 1850, the height of the Industrial Revolution.

I was struck by the challenges of being part of a community which does not live up to the ideals it proclaims, and how members of the community act as individuals -balancing the needs of community vs. one's own survival (economic and physical) can be difficult. When is it right to make the supreme sacrifice, and why?

In Service to Community,
Shira Destinie of The MEOW Community Cooperation Blog
MEOW Date: 5 Sept. 12,014 H.E. (Holocene/Human Era) ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
Honor Bright, an English Quaker recently jilted by a romantic interest, flees to America with her sister, who is to be married to a man in Ohio in the year 1850. However, shortly after arriving, Honor's sister is met with tragedy, and Honor must fend for herself in an unfamiliar country. While struggling to fit in and find her way, she is unwittingly thrust into, and forced to take sides regarding slavery and the Underground Railroad.

Though Tracy Chevalier's stories are generally rather slow-moving and lack a lot of what you might consider action, she is gifted at historical fiction storytelling. I've generally enjoyed her older books more than her newer ones, but they've all enlightened me and provided a more complete picture of subjects that I may or may not have had any previous knowledge of. This one was no exception. It started out slowly, but I became more enthralled the further I got into the meat of the story. And although the ending was not necessarily predictable, it was satisfying. ( )
  indygo88 | Feb 8, 2019 |
Brilliantly researched and well written novel about an English Quaker who goes to live in 1850s Ohio and experiences runaway slaves and the Underground Railroad firsthand. Couldn't put it down. ( )
  sarahpeacock28 | Oct 21, 2018 |
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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.

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Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.… (more)

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