Lord of Misrule

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 8, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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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User Review  - electrascaife - LibraryThing

While I recognize that there are things to admire about this book (the writing shines in a few places, and the characters are well-crafted), I can't say that I enjoyed it. Or even particularly liked ... Read full review

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User 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

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About the author (2011)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
National Book Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist


Jaimy Gordon's third novel, Bogeywoman was on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Books for 2000. Her second novel, She Drove Without Stopping, brought her an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gordon's short story, "A Night's Work," which shares a number of characters with Lord of Misrule, appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995. She is also the author of a novella, Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue, and the fantasy classic novel Shamp of the City-Solo. Gordon teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.


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