MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE tells one of the most important stories of American Slavery and Freedom. With prose that is suspenseful, brilliantly detailed, historically precise, and simply gorgeous, Woo depicts the Crafts and their historic role in antebellum America stunningly. This is a story that will stay with you for a lifetime.”

—Imani Perry

AUTHOR OF SOUTH TO AMERICA: A JOURNEY BELOW THE MASON-DIXON TO UNDERSTAND THE SOUL OF A NATION, HUGHES-ROGERS PROFESSOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE, like all of the truly great American stories, spent over a century lying in wait, desperate to be told. Enter Ilyon Woo.  Ellen and William Craft loved each other, but also loved freedom, and knew one was impossible without the other.  And so they embarked on one of the most daring feats ever attempted in American history, a breathless story captured with breathless prose, and we readers gasp in amazement and wonder, at the tragedy and triumph.”

—Marlon James

WINNER OF  THE 2015 BOOKER PRIZE FOR A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS

“For those of us who already were familiar with Ellen and William Craft, we’re so grateful for this reconsideration of this courageous couple’s story. Ilyon Woo has accomplished a phenomenal feat, presenting previously unpublished archival excavations. Certainly, this is an essential addition to early African American studies–but more than research, Woo offers the Crafts’ travels with such grace, such tenderness. Here is a necessary rendering of Black love, Black resilience, and Black humanity during one of our nation’s most fraught times.”

—Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

AUTHOR OF THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DUBOIS