It's PICK A WINNER's first-ever double-month book. Because it's long and so many of our members were interested, we're going to read the Luminaries about Eleanor Catton over the course of two months: May and June.
We read PART 1 for May, and in June, we're going to finish it up!
"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton is a Man Booker Prize winner, and was suggested by Gwen.
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 twelve 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, The Luminaries is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story, a gripping page-turner, and a thrilling novelistic achievement. It richly confirms that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international literary firmament.