Tracy Chavalier’s next novel, The Last Runaway, (Penguin/Dutton, Penguin Audio; Wheeler Large Print) coming a week from today, becomes the first book of the new season to receive attention on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Chavalier, who is known for her historical settings, here turns to Ohio’s Underground Railroad in the 1850′s. Reviewing it, Dolen Perkins-Valdez (whose novel Wench, HarperCollins/Amisted, is about an Ohio resort for slaveholders and their enslaved mistresses) says,
You have probably read stories like this before…But what makes this particular story interesting is [main character] Honor’s perspective. She’s English. And in some ways, coming from far away helps her see American slavery in simpler terms.