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    DescriptionA brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track . 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.

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    Lord of Misrule
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jaimy Gordon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 294
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307946737
    ISBN 10: 0307946738

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SOEAST
    DC22: 813/.54
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 17
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    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC038000
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    Ingram Theme: GEOG/WESTVA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: G4
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    LC classification: PS3557.O668 L67 2011
    Libri: PFER2065
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    03 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER National Book Award Winner PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Jaimy Gordon's third novel, "Bogeywoman" was on the "Los Angeles Times" list of Best Books for 2000. Her second novel, "She Drove Without Stopping," brought her an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gordon's short story, "A Night's Work," which shares a number of characters with "Lord of Misrule," appeared in "Best American Short Stories 1995. "She is also the author of a novella, "Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue," and the fantasy classic novel "Shamp of the City-Solo." Gordon teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.
    Review quote
    "Assured, exotic and uncategorizable... an incontrovertible winner, a bona fide bolt from the blue."--"The New York Times" "A beautifully written novel.... Gordon has completely mastered the language of the racetrack."--Jane Smiley, "The Washington Post" ""Lord of Misrule "is""filled with memorable characters who exist on the fringe, making up a whole world .... Gordon's language is so textured that her pages seem three-dimensional." --"Los Angeles Times" "I was mesmerized. . . . "Lord of Misrule" beautifully captures language of the racetrack"--Andrew Beyer, "The Daily Racing Form" "Both richly literary and red-blooded in its depictions of the sporting life, "Lord of""Misrule" gives readers several compelling races, including a completely unexpected but fitting finale."--"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel" "An exuberant, jazzy novel about rough characters -- both equine and two-footed."--"The Plain Dealer" "Gordon's characters . . . are complex and finely drawn. . . . [Gordon] unspools a plot of corruption and intrigue."--"The New Yorker" "Moody, poetic, darkly funny prose."--"Time" "[A] magical tale about a dusty West Virginia town and its downtrodden racetrack."--NPR "Unlike any novel you'll read this year--and maybe next."--"Philadelphia Inquirer" "A tour de force of energy and esprit."--"Kirkus", starred review "Moving and lyrical . . . [A] nearly word perfect novel"--"Booklist" " " "Gordon's writing will grab and pull you in."--"Bloomberg News"