Lord of Misrule

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Quercus Publishing, Aug 26, 2011 - Fiction - 296 pages
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Indian Mound Downs, West Virginia: a downtrodden racetrack as dusty and dilapidated as the characters tied to it – characters who think they've seen everything the cheap sport of claim racing has to offer.Until August 1970, that is, when Tommy Hansel comes to town. Hansel – handsome, hypnotic and hot under the collar – has a scheme in his head and a scam up his sleeve. Get in, get rich, get out. It's a sure thing.But Hansel soon learns what the old-timers already know – there is no such thing as a sure thing, let alone a quick out. Especially since his girlfriend, Maggie, has piqued the interest of two local gangsters.Lord of Misrule is a tale of heart, pluck and risk, told with mesmerizing assurance and ambition. Jaimy Gordon's matchless characterisation and setting means, once you've put it down, you half expect to find your hands covered in the dry, red dust of the Indian Mound Downs racetrack.

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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

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User Review  - michigantrumpet - LibraryThing

Less about horses and horseracing than about the unfortunates who live on the fringes of a broken down small time racetrack. Many people will find this atmospheric and interesting. It just wasn't a world in which I wanted to spend much time. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore. She teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers, and received an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lord of Misrule is her fourth novel, and was awarded the National Book Award for Fiction 2010.

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