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User 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

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

A Damon Runyonesque story about horse racing - some of those horses are treated well, many are not. This book was long listed for the Orange Prize but I didn't find it profound. I did finish because ... Read full review

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User Review  - brenzi - LibraryThing

I’m no horse racing enthusiast and this book did not turn me into one, although I doubt that was the author’s intent. She wrote a book about some down and out characters, seedy has-beens much like the ... Read full review

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User Review  - EllenH - LibraryThing

I almost gave up on this book, it was hard getting into her writing style. But I eventually went back to it & became interested. Finally actually liked the story & gritty, crude characters. Read full review

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User Review  - GCPLreader - LibraryThing

Tommy and Maggie dream of making their fortune at a backwoods, last-stop horse track in West Virginia. Their seedy schemes are no match for the rules of the track and the shady gangsters who finance ... Read full review


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