“A narrative of such courage and resourcefulness it seems too dashing to be true. But it is. . . . The story is so richly dramatic, and Ms. Woo so skilled at spinning it out, that at times it’s a genuine nail-biter.” — Priscilla M. Jensen — The Wall Street Journal

Master Slave Husband Wife is a suspenseful, sensitively rendered account of [Ellen and William Craft’s] four-day journey to the North. . . . Woo tells the story [with] a cinematic eye. She excels at setting scenes, conjuring the sensations experienced by the Crafts at each harrowing point. . . . The vivid details help Woo to convey the Crafts’ attention to every element of their plot.” — W. Caleb McDaniel — The New York Times Book Review

“A gripping adventure. . . . suspenseful and wonderfully told.  A captivating tale that ably captures the determination and courage of a remarkable couple.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Recommended by Gillian Flynn for the Today Show

Reviewed in the Los Angeles Times by Stuart Miller.

Interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep, author of Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War.

Interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning with Mark Whitaker, author of the forthcoming Saying it Loud: 1966–The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement, and Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely, a great-great-granddaughter of Ellen and William Craft.

Reviewed in the New York Times.

Featured in People magazine.

Excerpted in the Boston Globe Magazine. Cover image printed on authentic 1840s press by artist Ross MacDonald.


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