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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 034551095X
ISBN-13: 9780345510952
Sku: 211283630
Publish Date: 2/9/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  367
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A family epic based on a true story follows the experiences of Henry Oades, who in the late 19th century loses his family to Maori kidnappers and remarries in California only to learn of his original familys escape, a situation that compels him to live in bigamy. A first novel. Original. *Author: Moran, Johanna *Publication Date: 2010/02/09 *Number of Pages: 367 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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A family epic based on a true story follows the experiences of Henry Oades, who in the late 19th century loses his family to Maori kidnappers and remarries in California only to learn of his original family's escape, a situation that compels him to live in bigamy. A first novel. Original.When Henry Oades accepts an accountancy post in New Zealand, his wife, Margaret, and their children follow him to exotic Wellington. But while Henry is an adventurer, Margaret is not. Their new home is rougher and more rustic than they expected—and a single night of tragedy shatters the family when the native Maori stage an uprising, kidnapping Margaret and her children.

    For months, Henry scours the surrounding wilderness, until all hope is lost and his wife and children are presumed dead. Grief-stricken, he books passage to California. There he marries Nancy Foreland, a young widow with a new baby, and it seems they’ve both found happiness in the midst of their mourning—until Henry’s first wife and children show up, alive and having finally escaped captivity.

    Narrated primarily by the two wives, and based on a real-life legal case, The Wives of Henry Oades is the riveting story of what happens when Henry, Margaret, and Nancy face persecution for bigamy. Exploring the intricacies of marriage, the construction of family, the changing world of the late 1800s, and the strength of two remarkable women, Johanna Moran turns this unusual family’s story into an unforgettable page-turning drama.
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At the end of the 19th century, while posted to a temporary assignment in New Zealand, Henry Oades's wife, Margaret, and children are kidnapped in a Maori uprising--all presumed dead. Henry moves to California and starts a new life by marrying a young, pregnant widow. But then Margaret returns with the children after a harrowing escape from the jungle, and Oades, trying to do the decent thing, takes in both women and their respective children--an act that leads to him being charged with bigamy. Based on an astonishing real-life event, Johanna Moran's gripping debut novel explores both the intricate ins-and-outs of the legal case, as well as the more intimate stories of Oades's wives, their respective ordeals, and their remarkable ability to form a deep friendship despite their outlandish situation.

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"[S]imply wonderful...." (top pick) - Michelle Wiener 03/01/2010

"[C]ompelling....Moran is a careful writer, a spare stylist who never wastes a word. She also has a well-tuned ear for the jargon of the period, colorful language that adds warmth, humor, and humanity to her story." - Diane White 02/14/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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