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Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
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Jun 02, 2011

really liked it

This novel won the National Book award. It is a monument to the grit and determination of the little guy to get it done. Again the world of thoroughbred horse racing is the backdrop to a fascinating story of luck and loss. But this time it's Indian Mounds Downs a small, fictional, track in West Virginia (Mountaineer Downs?) It's a dark tale with complicated characters set in an even darker environment. This track is the end of the line for these horses and their connections. It is the end of the line for the people who follow this circuit. It's not a nice place. But when an upstart kid brings in a sting of horses with just enough left in them to start winning some purse money here, the action heats up.
Of the many critically acclaimed reviews this one stood out:"A novel of luck, pluck, farce and above all horse racing... Exceptional writing and idiosyncratic characters make this an engaging read."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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