Lord of Misrule: A Novel

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McPherson & Company, 2010 - Fiction - 294 pages
37 Reviews
At the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings sits the ruthless and often violent world of cheap horse racing, where trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts all struggle to take an edge, or prove their luck, or just survive. Equal parts Nathanael West, Damon Runyon and Eudora Welty, Lord of Misrule follows five characters, scarred and lonely dreamers in the American grain, through a year and four races at Indian Mount Downs, downriver from Wheeling, West Virginia-- from dust jacket.

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User Review  - mabroms - LibraryThing

What an unusual novel! I found Lord of Misrule a difficult read. It is not a "page turner that you can not wait to get back to". Ms. Gordon uses a staccato cadence and pacing which never settles into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hebephrene - LibraryThing

This is an extraordinary book and I am so glad it surprised everyone and won the National Book Award. It deserved it. Ms. Gordon put a life time of her writing life into this and across the board ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
20
Section 2
27
Section 3
30
Section 4
35
Section 5
37
Section 6
42
Section 7
47
Section 8
50
Section 22
173
Section 23
178
Section 24
184
Section 25
186
Section 26
190
Section 27
204
Section 28
213
Section 29
217

Section 9
56
Section 10
65
Section 11
80
Section 12
95
Section 13
100
Section 14
107
Section 15
119
Section 16
124
Section 17
130
Section 18
139
Section 19
145
Section 20
157
Section 21
169
Section 30
220
Section 31
225
Section 32
238
Section 33
240
Section 34
247
Section 35
248
Section 36
255
Section 37
260
Section 38
267
Section 39
269
Section 40
287
Section 41
299
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About the author (2010)

Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore, took degrees from Antioch College and Brown University, and now teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and an Academy-Institute Award from the American Institute of Arts and Letters. In addition to three previous novels (Bogeywoman, She Drove Without Stopping, Shamp of the City-Solo), she has published poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. Other book publications include The Bend, The Lip, The Kid: Reallife Stories (poetry: Sun Press), Private T. Pigeon's Tale (long story: Treacle Press), Circumspections on an Equestrian Statue (novella: Burning Deck Press), and The Fall of Poxdown (longpoem chapbook: Hellcoal Press). With Peter Blickle, she has translated several works of Maria Beig from the German.

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