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Nicholas Purcell

“I have just finished The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. It is a wonder. Ambitious, structurally complex and with prose to die for, it’s set in 1866 on New Zealand’s gold fields. A wealthy young man has vanished, a drunk has been discovered dead with a fortune, and a prostitute collapses in the street. . . . Even at the plot’s highest moments of complexity, you know you’re in the hands of a master and that all will ultimately be resolved. Catton is formidable.”

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

Kent appears at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.

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