Tracy Chevalier

Honor Bright

This is how I imagine the main character, a young English Quaker who emigrates to America in 1850.

Oberlin, Ohio

This town was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. Always a radical place, Oberlin College was the first to admit women and African Americans.

The Sick Room

Many 19th-century American houses had “sick rooms” off the kitchen because someone often had a fever and needed tending. This one is at Hale’s Farm, Ohio.

Desperate measures for desperate times

Henry "Box" Brown was a slave who mailed himself to freedom.

Tracy’s quilt

In researching the novel, I learned how to quilt the way my heroine would have, and made this all by hand.

Quakers have no formal creed.

Their unity is based on shared understanding of the "Inner Light" in each person and a shared practice of silent worship.

Historical Novels Review, Feb 2013

“As in her other books, Tracy Chevalier manages to transport the reader into the past with remarkable realism. The worlds of her characters seem small at the onset, but as one peels away the layers, they surprise with their depth…The Last Runaway is a fresh look into the history of slavery and the Quaker lifestyle. Highly recommended.” Read more

The Last Runaway