Five Wives

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Five Wives
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First edition
AuthorJoan Thomas
PublisherHarper Avenue
Publication date
September 3, 2019
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
Preceded byThe Opening Sky 

Five Wives is a novel by Joan Thomas, published in 2019 by Harper Avenue.[1] 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.[1]

Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail praised the novel, calling Thomas one of Canada's most underrated writers and ultimately concluding that the novel was comparable to the work of Alice Munro.[1]

The novel won the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 2019 Governor General's Awards.[2]