Lord of Misrule
By Jaimy Gordon
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307946737, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
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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.
A literary agent once told Jaimy Gordon she was a "small-press" author at heart. But in 2010, she won the National Book Award for fiction for her book, 'Lord Of Misrule.' Gordon talks about what the award has meant for her career. More at NPR.org
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