Lord of Misrule: A Novel
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing
This book is a National Book Award Winner(2010). Gordon was an author from a small press and her win that year was a surprise. For the most part I find National Book Award nominees and winners great ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
I feel like such a philistine, but the patois just did not work for me. In some ways I felt that Gordon leaned on it like a crutch instead of developing her characters and narrative more fully. And if ... Read full review