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The House of Wives

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Two women compete for the affections of their opium merchant husband in a tale of friendship, fortune and rivalry in colonial Hong Kong

In 1862, a young Jew from Calcutta named Emanuel Belilios leaves his dutiful wife Semah and sets sail for Hong Kong to make his fortune in the opium trade. There, he grows into a prosperous and respectable merchant, eventually falling in love with his Chinese business partner's daughter Pearl, a delicate beauty twenty years his junior. As a wedding present, he builds for her the most magnificent mansion in Hong Kong. Then Semah arrives unannounced from Calcutta to take her place as mistress of the house...and life will change irrevocably for all of them.

Inspired by the lives of Choa-Johnston's ancestors, The House of Wives is an unforgettable novel about the machinations of the early opium trade, and about two remarkable women determined to secure a dynasty for their children in the tumultuous British Crown colony.


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Hardback Editions

May 2016 : USA Hardback

Title: The House Of Wives
Author(s): Simon Choa-Johnston
ISBN: 0-670-08810-2 / 978-0-670-08810-2 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: The House of Wives
Author(s): Simon Choa-Johnston
ISBN: 0-670-06947-7 / 978-0-670-06947-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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May 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The House of Wives
Author(s): Simon Choa-Johnston
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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