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Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Oscar and Lucinda is a daring, intense and original
love story, and a historical tour de force that is also powerfully contemporary.
An epic account of mid-nineteenth century life in England and Australia,
it follows Oscar Hopkins, the frail son of a fundamentalist member of
the Plymouth Brethren. The other central figure, Lucinda Leplastrier,
is an orphaned heiress, the daughter of an early feminist.