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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
22 23 ‘ .. .Henry tries to care for both of his families, but all three are charged with bigamy and summoned to court ... ThE wivEs oF hEnry oadEs // Johanna Moran This debut novel is based on real events and follows the life of Henry Oades, who takes up a post in New Zealand with his wife Margaret and four children. During an uprising, his wife and children are kidnapped, and despite extensive searching, Henry eventually accepts that his family have been murdered. He relocates to California where he meets and marries Nancy, a young pregnant widow. Margaret and her children eventually escape and follow Henry to America. Henry, a decent man, tries to care for both of his families, but all three are charged with bigamy and summoned to court. The two wives bond over their experiences, Margaret’s survival in the wilderness and Nancy’s battle with grief, gives this book its heart. Sure to be a favourite with book groups. F