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Little, Brown and Company
<strong> </strong><strong>Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems....<br><br></strong>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.<br><br>Eleanor Catton was only 22 when she wrote <i>The Rehearsal</i>, which Adam Ross in the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> praised as "a wildly brilliant and precocious first novel" and Joshua Ferris called "a mesmerizing, labyrinthine, intricately patterned and astonishingly original novel." <i>The Luminaries </i>amply<i> </i>confirms that early promise, and secures Catton's reputation as one of the most dazzling and inventive young writers at work today.<br><br>