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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