10 best books of November: the Monitor's picks

Here's what the Monitor's book critics are recommending in the month of November.

2. "The Luminaries," by Eleanor Catton


Last month New Zealand author Eleanor Catton became the youngest recipient ever of the prestigious Man Booker prize for The Luminaries. The 800-plus page novel may be a doorstopper, but it's also a not-to-be-missed 21st-century makeover of the 19th-century novel. Set during New Zealand's 1866 gold rush, Catton's narrative is stuffed with character, incident, symbolism, multiple plots, and offers immense pleasure for readers ambitious enough to keep up. You can read our full review of "The Luminaries" here.

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