The Luminaries

The Luminariesby Eleanor Catton

Pages: 848
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (15 Oct 2013)
ISBN-10: 0316074314
ISBN-13: 978-0316074315

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems …

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

About the author

Eleanor Catton was only 22 when she wrote The Rehearsal, which Adam Ross in the New York Times Book Review praised as “a wildly brilliant and precocious first novel” and Joshua Ferris called “a mesmerizing, labyrinthine, intricately patterned and astonishingly original novel.” The Luminaries amply confirms that early promise, and secures Catton’s reputation as one of the most dazzling and inventive young writers at work today.

Catton holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA in fiction writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Born in Canada, Catton was raised in New Zealand, where she now lives.

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  1. I have only read the first 100 pages but am fully sucked into this book! I am trying not to read late in the evening as I know it will keep me up to all hours!

  2. Agreed. She is a masterful storyteller.
    Intrigued as to how she chose this setting and complement of characters to create.
    I think her creation of such a complete world/philosophy is masterful.

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