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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rich, well-researched novel.”

    NPR

  • “Chevalier...has accomplished something...emotionally riveting...The protagonist’s vividly human individuality makes the author’s pitch-perfect set piece about our nation’s (ongoing) growing pains irresistible.”

    Oprah.com

  • “A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • “Haunting...[A] thought-provoking, lyrical novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chevalier’s writing continues to have that can’t-put-it-down quality, and her change in settings from Europe to ninteenth-century frontier America is a welcome one. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for New Titles in April 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 2/19/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook- it's a good production, a little slow but still enjoyable...much like Remarkable Creatures in style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty Burlette | 2/13/2014

    " I think this book started out slow, but kept me interested and then I could not put it down. Enjoyed it!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rachel Sharf | 2/1/2014

    " I love Tracy Chevalier and I read most of her books. This is her worst yet, in my opinion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margret | 1/28/2014

    " I particularly like early American fiction that tells a woman's story. This was a great immigrant story. If you like historical fiction you will love this book. "

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