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Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard 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. 

Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, 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, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
January 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Disappointed grannie ,

The Last Runaway

I really liked the book. As a quilter I enjoyed all the history about the different quilt patterns and techniques. The way Tracy intertwined the story with the struggle of the slaves fleeing the southern states and seeking freedom in the north was riveting. It showed us what a dangerous time it was for all and how some people would risk everything to help their fellow man.

Merrie29 ,

Wonderful

From beginning to end, loved it. What a story of a woman 150 years ago who had the courage to stand for her convictions!

Gavinsgramm ,

Gavinsgramm

This book is well-written and kept me reading non-stop. This story, from start to finish, makes you stop and think if we could be as strong and courageous as Honor was. I have read all of Tracy's books and they never disappoint!

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