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Lord of Misrule

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
2010 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

At the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings sits the ruthless and often violent world of cheap horse racing, where trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts all struggle to take an edge, or prove their luck, or just survive. Equal parts Nathanael West, Damon Runyon and Eudora Welty, Lord of Misrule follows five characters -- scarred and lonely dreamers in the American grain -- through a year and four races at Indian Mound Downs, downriver from Wheeling, West Virginia.
Horseman Tommy Hansel has a scheme to rescue his failing stable: He'll ship four unknown but ready horses to Indian Mound Downs, run them in cheap claiming races at long odds, and then get out fast before anyone notices. The problem is, at this rundown riverfront half-mile racetrack in the Northern Panhandle, everyone notices--veteran groom Medicine Ed, Kidstuff the blacksmith, old lady "gyp" Deucey Gifford, stall superintendent Suitcase Smithers, eventually even the rulled-off "racetrack financier" Two-Twi and the ominous leading trainer, Joe Dale Bigg. But no one bothers to factor in Tommy Hansel's go-fer girlfriend, Maggie Koderer. Like the beautiful, used-up, tragic horses she comes to love, Maggie has just enough heart to wire everyone's flagging hopes back to the source of all luck.

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September 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lord of Misrule
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Title: Lord of Misrule (National Book Award)
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ISBN: 0-929701-83-6 / 978-0-929701-83-7 (USA edition)
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Title: Lord of Misrule (Vintage Contemporaries)
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ISBN: 0-307-94673-8 / 978-0-307-94673-7 (USA edition)
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2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lord of Misrule
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ISBN: 0-307-74527-9 / 978-0-307-74527-9 (USA edition)
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Title: Lord of Misrule
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