The luminaries : a novel / Eleanor Catton.
- 1st Back Bay Books paperback ed.
- New York : Little Brown and Company, 2014.
834,14 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
- Gold mines and mining -- New Zealand -- Fiction.
New Zealand -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Shipping -- New Zealand -- Fiction.
Astrology -- Fiction.
- Suspense fiction.
- "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." --P.  of cover.
- "Back Bay Books" --T.p.
Includes reading group guide.
"First published in hardcover in the United States by Little, Brown and Company, October 2013. First Back Bay paperback edition, October 2014." --T.p. verso.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize. A New York Times notable book of the year. --Cover.
- 0316074292 (pbk.)
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