May 21, 2013 / Columbus Museum of Art
Tracy Chevalier, the internationally bestselling author of such blockbusters as Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels, turns her attention for the first time to evoking an extraordinary time in American history. The Oberlin graduate found herself fascinated with the discovery of the important role Oberlin, Ohio played with the activities of the Underground Railroad, and the Quakers who made it run. The result is The Last Runaway, historical fiction about a modest young Quaker girl, skilled in the art of quilting, who finds herself drawn into the clandestine activities of the network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. Rich in detail, drama, and the complexity of human emotions, The Last Runaway is Chevalier at her best in bringing history alive.