Last Train from Cuernavaca

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Forge Books

Christmastime, 1913: Grace Knight’s elegant hotel in Cuernavaca is the place to see and be seen.  Mexico’s native and foreign luminaries flock there to dance to the new beat of ragtime under the ballroom’s twinkling electric lights.

Outside the city, violence is looming. Federal soldiers raid the hacienda of Don Miguel Sanchez, hunting for followers of the charismatic rebel, Emiliano Zapata. In a hailstorm of rifle fire, sixteen-year-old Angela Sanchez’s life changes forever. She takes her father’s Winchester carbine, gathers the survivors, and rides off to join Zapata’s army.

Grace and Angela are two very different women. But both will do anything to protect the people—and the country—that they love as they are swept up in a Revolution that almost destroys them.  


Praise for Last Train from Cuernavaca

“Best Living Fiction Writer.”
True West Magazine

“Exciting and lyrically written, Last Train from Cuernavaca brings the past to fascinating, fire-breathing life… Add rich characters, unforgettable scenes of bravery, and two beautiful love stories, and you’ll know why no one writes historical fiction better than Robson.” 
—Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

“Robson writes with a fluidity and honesty that drew me firmly into the women's struggle for dignity and freedom, and she rendered the beauty of Cuernavaca and the surrounding countryside with such acuity that I fell in love with the place.”
—The Huffington Post

Last Train From Cuernavaca is a gripping story that takes us deep into tumultuous years of Mexican history that few Americans know about. We need more books like this.” 
—Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee 

“Robson is at the full height of her literary powers in Last Train from Cuernavaca, which demonstrates her matchless skill at distilling superb research into a compelling story.”
Roundup Magazine

“To read Lucia St. Clair Robson is to learn while being thoroughly entertained. Last Train From Cuernavaca puts us through the tragic violence and political treachery of the Mexican Revolution and its consequences so intimately that we feel hunger, lust, thirst, grief and saddlesores, and admire anew the awesome durability and courage of the people of Mexico—especially the women.”
—James Alexander Thom, national bestselling author of Follow the River

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  • Lucia St. Clair Robson

  • LUCIA ST. CLAIR ROBSON was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela and has lived in Japan and Arizona. She has written nine novels, including The Tokaido Road, Shadow Patriots, and Ride the Wind, which won the Golden Spur Award. Robson lives near Annapolis, Maryland.

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    Lucia St. Clair Robson

    Spur Awards - Winner, WILLA Literary Award - Finalist


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