Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

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Price
$19.99  $18.59
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
Pages
432
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 1.04 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781501191060

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About the Author

Ilyon Woo is the New York Times bestselling author of Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom and The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and The New York Times, and she has received support for her research from the Whiting Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Antiquarian Society, among other institutions. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Yale College and a PhD in English from Columbia University.

Reviews

"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"
"Woo's history draws from a variety of sources, including the Crafts' own account, to reconstruct a 'journey of mutual self-emancipation, ' while artfully sketching the background of a nation careering toward civil war."-- "The New Yorker"
"A pathbreaking book. . . . Riveting."--Stuart Miller "The Los Angeles Times"
"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"
"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
"Marked by careful research and breathtaking prose, Master Slave Husband Wife complicates and compliments the incredible story of Ellen and William Craft. Woo reminds us that the pursuit of freedom is always worth the risk."--Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
"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)"