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The luminaries : a novel

Author: Eleanor Catton
Publisher: New York ; Boston ; London : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Back Bay paperback edition.; First Back Bay books paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous cache of gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Suspense fiction
Fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eleanor Catton
ISBN: 0316074292 9780316074292 9780316074315 0316074314
OCLC Number: 870199579
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: "Back Bay Books."
"First published in hardcover in the United States by Little, Brown and Company, October 2013. First Back Bay paperback edition, October 2014. Originally published in Great Britain by Granta Books, August 2013"--Title page verso.
Includes reading group guide.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize. A New York Times notable book of the year. --Cover.
Awards: Man Booker Prize, 2013 ; Governor General's Award, 2013.
Description: 834,14 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: A sphere within a sphere --
Auguries --
The house of self-undoing --
Paenga-wha-wha --
Weight and lucre --
The widow and the weeds --
Domicile --
The truth about Aurora --
Mutable Earth --
Matters of succession --
Orion sets when Scorpio rises --
The old moon in the young moon's arms.
Responsibility: Eleanor Catton.

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"It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous cache of gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, [this] is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story, a gripping page-turner, and a thrilling novelistic achievement."--Page 4 of cover.

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