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The Last Runaway

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en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – February 2013
The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring.When modest Quaker Honor Bright sails from Bristol with her sister, she is fleeing heartache for a new life in America, far from home. But tragedy leaves her alone and vulnerable, torn between two worlds and dependent on the kindness of strangers.Life in 1850s Ohio is precarious and unsentimental. The sun is too hot, the thunderstorms too violent, the snow too deep.

The roads are spattered with mud and spit. The woods are home to skunks and porcupines and raccoons. They also shelter slaves escaping north to freedom.Should Honor hide runaways from the ruthless men who hunt them down? The Quaker community she has joined may oppose slavery in principle, but does it have the courage to help her defy the law? As she struggles to find her place and her voice, Honor must decide what she is willing to risk for her beliefs.Set in the tangled forests and sunlit cornfields of Ohio, Tracy Chevalier's vivid novel is the story of bad men and spirited women, surprising marriages and unlikely friendships, and the remarkable power of defiance.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780007477272
ISBN-10: 0007477279
Pagini: 343
Dimensiuni: 153 x 218 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.44 kg
Ediția: Trade Paperback.
Editura: HarperCollins Publishers

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Praise for The Last Runaway: '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 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 'A brave, warm-hearted, moving book; the characters are well-drawn and credible; the local colour meticulously detailed' Joanne Harris 'By far her best book since Girl With A Pearl Earring if not better' Amanda Craig 'Chevalier places her heroine at the heart, constructing a synergy between character and plot that makes this novel exquisitely complete... addictively compelling... Honor Bright deserves a sequel' THE TIMES 'Her best since Girl With a Pearl Earring... as a serious novel about a genuine moral dilemma, it is highly recommended' THE INDEPENDENT 'Chevalier immerses herself in period and place. Her research, as always, is meticulous and lightly worn... an entertaining read' GUARDIAN 'Tracy Chevalier has woven a rich tapestry here, setting her protagonist at the crosswords of a time explosive with issues surrounding slavery, rapidly changing industry, America's pioneering spirit and its racial divide' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Chevalier's eye for the telling detail brings it vividly to life. As simple and plain as a Quaker bonnet, but, like a Quaker soul, it contains a hidden light' LITERARY REVIEW 'A gripping and potent novel which shows Chevalier at the height of her powers' THE EXPRESS 'Tracy Chevalier has found a subject that both fascinates and moves her and the result is this quietly powerful and gripping novel' The MAIL

Praise for The Last Runaway: '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 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 'A brave, warm-hearted, moving book; the characters are well-drawn and credible; the local colour meticulously detailed' Joanne Harris Praise for Girl with a Pearl Earring: 'Chevalier's writing skill and her knowledge of seventeenth-century Delft are such that she creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place' New Yorker 'Chevalier's book is a delight' Simon Jenkins, Guardian 'This is a wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere. It is deeply revealing about the process of painting...a truly magical experience.' Guardian 'This is a novel which deserves, and I am sure will win, a prize - or two.' Times 'A portrait of radiance...Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.' Time 'It has a slow, magical current of its own that picks you up and carries you stealthily along...a beautiful story, lovingly told by a very talented writer.' Daily Mail