Lord of Misrule

Lord of Misrule

Paperback Vintage Books

By (author) Jaimy Gordon

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 294 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307946738
  • ISBN 13: 9780307946737
  • Sales rank: 282,063

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'Lord of Misrule' follows five characters - scarred and lonely dreamers - through a year and four races at Indian Mound Downs, downriver from Wheeling, West Virginia.

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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.

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"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"