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The Wives of Henry Oades

A Novel

by Johanna Moran

The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
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(from Johanna Moran's website)

"More than a half-century ago, my father, a law professor, came across an abstract on the Oades case, and showed it to my mother, who was attempting to write short fiction in her nonexistent spare time. She was intrigued and gave thought to fleshing out the story, but that's as far as she got. She might have had three kids down with mumps that week or a spectacular birthday party to host. In any event, five children and writing never did mesh. My mother squirreled the abstract away, perhaps thinking she'd get to it eventually. She gave it to me about ten years ago. I was drawn in immediately and went from there."

About the Author
Johanna Moran worked as a flight attendant for seventeen years. She retired at the age of thirty-six, went back to school, and earned a degree in English Literature from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. She completed two novels before The Wives of Henry Oades, which she spent two years re-writing (it was originally written in the first person) before it was sold. She lives in Florida with her husband, John Moran.

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