WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION
A GLOBE AND MAIL, CBC BOOKS, APPLE BOOKS, AND NOW TORONTO BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
In the tradition of The Poisonwood Bible and State of Wonder, a novel set in the rainforest of Ecuador about five women left behind when their missionary husbands are killed. Based on the shocking real-life events
In 1956, a small group of evangelical Christian missionaries and their families journeyed to the rainforest in Ecuador intending to convert the Waorani, a people who had never had contact with the outside world. The plan was known as Operation Auca. After spending days dropping gifts from an aircraft, the five men in the party rashly entered the “intangible zone.” They were all killed, leaving their wives and children to fend for themselves.
Five Wives is the fictionalized account of the real-life women who were left behind, and their struggles – with grief, with doubt, and with each other – as they continued to pursue their evangelical mission in the face of the explosion of fame that followed their husbands’ deaths.
Five Wives is a riveting, often wrenching story of evangelism and its legacy, teeming with atmosphere and compelling characters and rich in emotional impact.
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In 1956, five men on a Christian missionary trip with their families to the Ecuadorian rain forest were murdered after venturing into the protected home of the indigenous Waorani people. In her novel Five Wives, Winnipeg-based author Joan Thomas takes a speculative look at the wives and families these missionaries left behind in the jungle—and at how they coped with the tragedy and the worldwide fame that ensued after the news stories about their husbands’ deaths. By giving these women their own voices, Thomas takes us on a fascinating journey that’s as densely layered as the immersive tropical-jungle setting, while also examining ideas like faith, obedience, and martyrdom. Five Wives is a powerful story about new beginnings, friendship, and strength.
Well researched and imaginative storytelling. A exploration of the destructive arrogance of evangelical religion.
I thought this book was an awful read, generally I do not send in reviews but I had to if it saves even one person from buying this. It was all over the place and was not true to what the description was suppose to be. Concept was wonderful but had to actually look up the story afterwards as I wanted to know more and I certainly was not getting it from this book.