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.
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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