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New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional fo. I am excluded even from the excluded she thought Tracy Chevalier is one of those writers who have contributed in the development of Historical Fiction as we know it today Her writing contains beautiful metaphors and a successful combination of a fresh modern feeling and a kind of dialogue that is faithful to the depicted era Girl With A Pearl Earring managed to bring the Netherlands to focus and started a whole array of books set during the 17th century inspired by the magnificent painters of this beautiful country The Last Runaway is eually successful I dare say that at times it is even betterOhio 1850s The tension between the cities of the North and the cities of the South regarding the abolition of slavery is brewing The communities are divided over the issue and over their own religious beliefs The uakers are considered weird but they are supposed to be honest and supporters of euality Does this euality extent to salves It dependsIn the midst of it all we find Honor A young Englishwoman whose life changes drastically the moment she set foot in the New World Her relationships with an array of interesting characters and her convictions compose a beautiful sad poignant story Well there you go We re all from somewhere else That s how Ohio is The community Chevalier depicts is a mix of opposites Ohio is a stop on the way North or on the way South The residents are torn between sympathy and fear The story is built on the notion of antithesis Antithesis between our faith and our actions Between love and duty Between obligations and wishes Honor has been brought up to be honest no matter what but there are things she can t even admit to herself Donovan is torn between his twisted notion of duty and the demands of his heart To what extent can we disregard our social and familial duties in order to do what we think is right and just Do we give in and betray our principles These are the uestions Honor has to face while trying to forge a life in a place that is an amalgam of clashing convictions and troubled soulsThe writing is exceptional I could go on about all the vivid details the beautiful imagery the dialogue There is an underlying tenderness and softness in the prose even if the subject itself is difficult and harsh he daily life and customs are masterfully described and the themes that Chevalier uses to compose her story are always relevant to any era The tone isn t didactic or preachy but simple direct and calm like Honor herself The characters are major contributors to a successful novel and in this one we have uite a few memorable ones Honor is a delight in the sense that she s realistic determined and persistent I didn t think of her as naive On the contrary I admired her bravery because she had to face the prejudices of a whole community and the horrible manners of her mother in law Now I will become controversial here and admit that I would choose a different path and obey my true wishes regarding marriage and family but I understand her motives given the era and the circumstances This brings us to Donovan one of the most interesting characters I ve recently come across He is complex almost tragic in his choices his inner battle Belle is also exceptional as are Virginie and Mrs Reed The Haymakers I definitely could have done without those idiotsThere is an interesting theme permeating the novel The notion of looking and thinking forward instead of dwelling in misfortune The American Way Honor uestions this She considers it a mistake because not remembering leads to the same mistakes over and over again Judging by the way our world works I cannot help thinking that she is right Slavery war atrocities committed against the people whose land was stolen by the settlers Within such a context future can only become better through togetherness The end is satisfying but it is clear that Honor isn t convinced And she s right in my opinion Noone can speak of euality and continue dividing people into categories And once I cannot help thinking that every successful Historical Fiction novel acts as the clearest mirror reflecting our problematic societiesMy reviews can also be found on

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Ray into the American past in The Last Runaway bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating t. Simply put this is one of the BEST historical novels I have ever readThe plot After being jilted by her fiance in England uaker woman Honor Bright decides to accompany her sister Grace to America and help Grace adjust to her upcoming marriage and impending life as a pioneer woman But when tragedy befalls them Honor finds herself alone in a strange country dependent on the kindness of strangers and trying to learn the customs of 1850s Ohio still a rough and wild place Further she has much to learn about the raw bitter divisive nature of the issue of slavery and how very little is as black and white as we wish it could beChevalier is at this point a veteran writer of historical fiction I ve enjoyed her novels in the past but The Last Runaway sets a new even higher standard for her work While Chevalier is skilled at forming compelling conflicted primary and secondary characters where she truly excels in this novel is her setting and framework I moved away from the Midwest several years ago but she evokes the landscape the climate the burgeoning history and legacy so exuisitely I had to put the book down at one point and have a good homesick cryI fear it will be a long time before I encounter the likes of this book again

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10 thoughts on “The Last Runaway

  1. says:

    ‘’I am excluded even from the excluded she thought’’Tracy Chevalier is one of those writers who have contributed in the development of Historical Fiction as we know it today Her writing contains beautiful metaphors and a successful combination of a fresh modern feeling and a kind of dialogue that is faithful to the depicted era Girl W

  2. says:

    Oh goodreads Why does thee not allow for a half star rating? If thy did I would give this book a solid 25 star rating For the cover art I would give thy a 5 star rating But I digress Tracy Chevalier's latest book examines the uakers' role in the Underground Railroad during the mid 1800s We see this time period through the eyes of one Honor Bright a recent emigrate from England Honor is a twenty year old who like most twenty someth

  3. says:

    A uaker girl from England landed up in Faithwell Ohio 1850 right in the middle of the Underground Railroad's path Heartsick and homesick Honor Haymaker struggled to wrap her mind around the slavery laws of America and the way it was applied in the northern states Milking cows sewing uilts making hay bottling the bounty of summer f

  4. says:

    This novel was enjoyable enough However reading it gives one a sensation of floating atop the story nothing pulls a person in or at

  5. says:

    Simply put this is one of the BEST historical novels I have ever readThe plot After being jilted by her fiance in England uaker woman Honor Bright decides to accompany her sister Grace to America and help Grace adjust to her upcoming marriage and impending life as a pioneer woman But when tragedy befalls them Honor finds herself alo

  6. says:

    Honor Bright follows her sister Grace over to America in 1850 She crosses the sea in the Adventurer and makes her slow way to Faithwell Ohio She meets despair and tragedy along the way and uickly finds herself in an uncomfortable situation alm

  7. says:

    I did not like this as much as I thought I would I like Chevalier I like Historical Fiction and I adore books of this period That's why the book gets a three star rating from me but it leans towards the lower end of the 3 The book's weakness to me is the wishy washy main character Honor Bright She drifts along with events believes in Silence so much that she doesn't seem to have any thoughts and above all she didn't m

  8. says:

    I am trying to figure out today what made this book so unputdownable last night I was up reading it until I finished at 3am and the only thin

  9. says:

    Inspiring and realistic A heart warming tale of one woman's unexpected journey to ferry runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad and saving her soul and self in the process

  10. says:

    After being spurned by her fiancé in 1850s England uaker Honor Bright accompanies her sister Grace to Ohio where Grace is to be married Soon Honor must fend for herself Feeling unwelcomed by her sister’s fiance and his sister in law Honor marries a local uaker man and moves to his family's farm where she also feels unwanted Against their wishes Honor becomes involved in assisting runaway slaves This book was just good enough