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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

The Last Runaway (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Tracy Chevalier

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Title:The Last Runaway
Authors:Tracy Chevalier
Info:Dutton Adult (2013), Hardcover, 320 pages
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A book to be carried about the house as one slowly walks, reading at every possible spare moment until it is all finished. There are strong characters (I especially like Belle), though many are never fleshed out, and the book somehow felt as if it didn't want to delve very deeply into slavery despite its subject matter. After having read Chevalier's other books I can't help but notice a pattern regarding marriage--reasons for marriage and atmosphere after marriage seem to be very similar in all of her stories. I find myself hoping that with her next book she will break this pattern and write about a marriage that is a bit happier if she writes about marriage at all. ( )
  aurelas | Dec 23, 2016 |
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This was not my favorite book of Tracy Chevalier. Her method of doling out historical research was a bit heavy handed. The story didn't really flow and everything felt a bit forced. By the end of the story I felt like she had abandoned most of her characters, with the exception of Honor Bright, and those remaining were only wisps of their former selves. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
If I hadn't known better, I wouldn't have thought this was written by Chevalier. It lacked the quality of the writing style of her other books. It read like a run-of-the-mill historical romance. I did enjoy learning more about Quakers and their participation in the Underground Railroad. ( )
  shesinplainview | Oct 27, 2016 |
Simply written story of Honor, a Quaker who comes here from England because her sister was going to marry. Her sister dies and Honor is left depending on the kindness of strangers. She becomes involved n the Underground Railroad; interesting moral dilemma between laws and morals. Quick read. ( )
  LivelyLady | Oct 16, 2016 |
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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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