Lord of Misrule
A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track.
Tommy Hansel has a plan: run four horses, all better than they look on paper, at long odds at Indian Mound Downs, then grab the purse -- or cash a bet -- and run before anyone’s the wiser. At his side is Maggie Koderer, who finds herself powerfully drawn to the gorgeous, used up animals of the cheap track. She also lands in the cross-hairs of leading trainer Joe Dale Bigg. But as news of Tommy’s plan spreads, from veteran groom Medicine Ed, to loan shark Two-Tie, to Kidstuff the blacksmith, it’s Maggie, not Tommy or the handlers of legendary stakes horse Lord of Misrule, who will find what's valuable in a world where everything has a price.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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