The Luminaries. Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker winner. Period piece set in New Zealand during its 1860’s gold rush. That was not the lure. Yet, once I read the first few paragraphs, I was hooked. Do you usually skim the descriptive passages? Not here. 13 men form a coalition of truth. 3 women matter. They all resonate. An historical magical mystery tour. Life as astrological illusion. *****
Blue Jasmine. Not a Woody Allen fan. This was a gem. Ensemble tour de force. Great writing rules. See above.