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 - amymerrick - LibraryThing
The characters at first came across as racetrack stereotypes -- the naive girl; the wise, superstitious black groom -- and I had trouble keeping the different horses straight. Later in the book ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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