The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier


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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

“The Last Runaway” is a historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier, an acclaimed British-American author known for her historical fiction. This novel was published in 2013.

The story is set in the 1850s and follows the life of a young English Quaker woman named Honor Bright. She leaves her homeland in England and travels to the United States to start a new life in Ohio, which was a frontier state at the time. Honor is drawn into the world of the Underground Railroad, a network of people and safe houses that helped escaped slaves reach freedom in the North.

As she becomes involved in the abolitionist movement, Honor faces the challenges and moral dilemmas of the time, including the Fugitive Slave Act, which required the return of escaped slaves to their owners. The novel explores themes of freedom, family, and the courage to do what is right in the face of adversity.

Tracy Chevalier is known for her meticulous historical research and her ability to create vivid, character-driven stories within specific historical settings. “The Last Runaway” is no exception and offers a compelling look into a crucial period in American history. If you enjoy historical fiction with strong, independent female characters and thought-provoking themes, you may find this book to be a rewarding read.

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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier