|September 3, 2019|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Opening Sky|
Five Wives is a novel by Joan Thomas, published in 2019 by Harper Avenue. Based on the real-life Operation Auca, in which five Christian missionaries were murdered when they attempted to contact the isolated Huaorani people in Ecuador, the novel centres on the perspective of the men's wives.
The novel won the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 2019 Governor General's Awards.
- Russell Smith, "With its examination of evangelists, Five Wives puts Joan Thomas in Alice Munro’s league". The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2019.
- Jane van Koeverden, "Here are the winners of the 2019 Governor General's Literary Awards". CBC Books, October 29, 2019.