On a slow ship bound for Australia, two gamblers find distraction and solace in a deck of cards. One, Oscar Hopkins, who believes God encourages him to gamble; the other, Lucinda Leplastrier, who is the heiress of a fortune and owner of a glassworks. Together they will make a bet which will change both of their lives forever.,Peter Carey is one of the only writers to have twice won the Booker Prize – Oscar and Lucinda was his first book to do so. Both a moving love story and a historical tour de force, his tale of nineteenth-century Australia signaled the arrival of one of the great voices in contemporary literature.
A daring, deeply affecting third novel by the author of A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood.,In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The narrative of Woolf’s last days before her suicide early in World War II counterpoints the fictional stories of Samuel, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother, and his lifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family.,Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, this is Cunningham’s most remarkable achievement to date.