Tracy Chevalier

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The Last Runaway

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Fiction
UK HarperCollins (Ed. Katie Espiner)
US Penguin (Ed. Clare Ferraro )
2013

The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Set in the sunlit cornfields of rural Ohio, during the last days of slavery, Tracy Chevalier’s new novel is a beautiful and warm-hearted tale of courage, community and female friendship.

England, 1850. Honor and Grace Bright, sisters brought up in the Quaker community of Bridport, Dorset, are moving to a village in Ohio to join Grace’s husband and start a new life in America. Honor’s most sacred possession is the signature quilt she takes with her, a gift stitched by friends before she left - her patchwork memory of home.

Tragedy strikes and Honor is forced to continue the journey to Faithwell, Ohio alone.

On arrival in America and with no choice but to stay, Honor builds a new life for herself, relying on the compassion of strangers while finding steady comfort in her quilt-making. As she learns more about the place that is to be her new home she discovers that Ohio is the land of runaways: slaves who are escaping the south and running north to freedom. She finds her principles tested to the limit when a runaway slave appears at the farm of her new family.

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Reviews


Tracy Chevalier shines at finding a slice of history and humanizing it. Belle is a complex, compelling character. The Last Runaway leaves the reader with much food for thought.

Holly Weiss
blog critics


The Last Runaway’s greatest strength is how it subtly poses ethical conundrums. John Wilwol
The Washingtonian


Chevalier brings to life a unique and iconic part of American history. Joe Donahue


Chevalier’s thought-provoking, lyrical novel doesn’t allow any of her characters an easy way out.
Publishers Weekly
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The protagonist's vividly human individuality makes the author's pitch-perfect set piece about our nation's (ongoing) growing pains irresistible. Liza Nelson
O Magazine
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The Last Runaway is a fast-paced, satisfying read, with Chevalier continually adding riveting details to keep the narrative rolling.
The Globe and Mail


A brave, warm-hearted, moving book; the characters are well-drawn and credible; the local colour meticulously detailed. Joanne Harris


The Last Runaway is a joy to read. Chevalier handles the intersection of two stories – those of pioneering Quakers and escaping slaves – with verve, imagination and, above all, compassion.
Maggie O'Farrell


I have always admired Tracy Chevalier's un-showy brilliance, and this moving story of a young English Quaker girl trapped between duty and conscience in 1850s Ohio is the best thing she's written since Girl with a Pearl Earring. Rose Tremain


The Last Runaway is classic Chevalier, and Honor Bright is a dynamic, fascinating character.
nomadreader


Chevalier places her heroine at the heart of all this, constructing a synergy between character and plot that makes this novel exquisitely complete. Sarah Vine
The Times (London)


An evocative tale of love and the quiet power of female friendship.
Good Housekeeping


In her latest historical novel, Chevalier creates a world every bit as memorable as in Girl with a Pearl Earring. Emma Hagstadt
The Independent


Richard - A novel that will stay with you a long time after you have finished it.

Judy - Everything about Chevalier's writing is visual and textured.

Richard and Judy Book Club


Quietly powerful and gripping. Amber Pearson
The Daily Mail


A gripping and potent novel which shows Chevalier at the height of her powers. Vanessa Berridge
Daily Express