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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:read in 2012, Ohio, historical fiction, quilting, immigration, 1850, Quaker, Underground Railroad, Goodreads giveaway

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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (2013)


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Stigla je iz Engleske u Ameriku,ostala sama da se snalazi,jedino sto je imala je dar za sivanjem prelijepih prekrivaca,sila je kape za americke dame,krila odbjegle robove i bila tajno zaljubljena u lovca na njih...voljela je slatki kukuruz i sirup od javora,hoce li ikada postati jedna od njih ili ce uvjek biti dosljakinja...Trejsine knjige me opcaravaju,uvijek :) ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
Very enjoyable book about principles, and the choices people make when life gets in the way of those principles. Many interesting sides: silence, quilting, relationships and antebellum America as seen through the eyes of an immigrant Quaker. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
A good read with a plot that moved along -- though this book was not as enjoyable as Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was mesmerizing. ( )
1 vote amaraki | Mar 13, 2016 |
The Last Runaway is an absorbing story with good pace, excellent character development, easy style and some unexpected developments. The slave - Quaker - quilt details and issues were well done. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Feb 29, 2016 |
4 ★

This 1850's drama is set in the vicinity of Oberlin, Ohio (a major stop on the underground railroad)
As a period piece on Ohio life in the 1850s , the author's research is extensive.

tchevalier.com provides additional research to enhance your reading experience.


"the quakers have no formal creed
their unity is based on shared understanding of the "Inner Light" in each person and a shared practice of silent worship" (T Chevalier)

Honor Bright, an English Quaker, has decided to accompany her sister Grace, who is off to marry her fiance in America.
Sister Grace dies of yellow fever on the journey and Honor continues to Ohio.
First lodging is in Belle Mill's milliner's shop.
Belle provides a safe house and food depot in the Underground Railroad system
Her brother, by sharp contrast, is a slave catcher.

We follow the life of Honor Bright later Haymaker and the moral dilemmas she experiences.
Honor becomes involved with the Underground Railroad.
"The Fugitive Slave Act has been passed: it is illegal to assist a runaway slave, and there are heavy penalties.
The Quakers believe in equality but also want to abide by the law. "

I have provided a very simplistic look at the novel.
In reading it, you'll find a multitude of domestic details and a broader look at the realities of the Underground Railroad. ( )
1 vote pennsylady | Feb 2, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525952993, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:09 -0400)

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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