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User Review  - SalemAthenaeum - LibraryThing

A story that follows the journey of horseman Tommy Hansel as he tries to save his stables with an underhanded scheme. He has purchased four horses to Indiana who have never been heard of before and ... Read full review

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User Review  - msf59 - LibraryThing

Indian Mounds Down, is a rundown amateur racetrack, in West Virginia, circa 1970. Everything in this ramshackle place is broken or about to be, populated with hot-walkers, grooms, jockeys, trainers ... Read full review

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User Review  - JosephJ - LibraryThing

There is a reason Lord of Misrule won the National Book Award. Gordon expertly uses four separate third-person narrators (well, one is actually second-person) throughout the entire book. Each chapter ... Read full review

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User Review  - milibrarian - LibraryThing

I found this book difficult to read. The dialogue was hard to follow, there were no quotation marks even though there was a lot of dialogue, and it was hard to tell the characters apart. There were a few sections which were quite good, but most of the book was difficult to follow. 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  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

This was truly an American grown up version of National Velvet and just as well written and exciting. Girl has no horses, girl gets horses, girl's life changes forever. Anyone who loves horse racing should love it. Every character is singularly drawn (and quartered). Highest recommendation. Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Finally, a book that deserves the recognition it's getting, the prestigious National Book Award, in this case. I mean this is simply one hell of a good read! The last time I was this riveted by a book ... Read full review

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User Review  - ritamae - LibraryThing

Excellent book. Gordon is at the top of her game. The shifting point of view showed how completely she'd captured each character. She took risks with portraying exactly the way each character spoke ... Read full review

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User Review  - flashflood42 - LibraryThing

The language of the down-at-the-heels race track where worn-out horses and worn-out (or soon-to-be-worn-out) groomers, trainers, loan sharks all congregate is amazing with many, many coined words that ... Read full review


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