It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand’s 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 welathy 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 reinvention of the lore and power of the zodiac. It confirms Elanor Catton as one of the brightest stars in the international literary firmament.
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