The Sport of Kings

by C. E. Morgan (Author)
Excerpt

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction ? A Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction ? A Finalist for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction ? A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction ? A Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize ? Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence ? One of New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Book

Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly ? GQ ? The New York Times (Selected by Dwight Garner) ? NPR ? The Wall Street Journal ? San Francisco Chronicle ? Refinery29 ? Booklist ? Kirkus Reviews ? Commonweal Magazine

"In its poetic splendor and moral seriousness, The Sport of Kings bears the traces of Faulkner, Morrison, and McCarthy. . . . It is a contemporary masterpiece."?San Francisco Chronicle

Hailed by The New Yorker for its ?remarkable achievements,? The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders of Kentucky; the other African-American, the descendants of their slaves.

It is a dauntless narrative that stretches from the fields of the Virginia piedmont to the abundant pastures of the Bluegrass, and across the dark waters of the Ohio River; from the final shots of the Revolutionary War to the resounding clang of the starting bell at Churchill Downs. As C. E. Morgan unspools a fabric of shared histories, past and present converge in a Thoroughbred named Hellsmouth, heir to Secretariat and a contender for the Triple Crown. Newly confronted with one another in the quest for victory, the two families must face the consequences of their ambitions, as each is driven---and haunted---by the same, enduring question: How far away from your father can you run?

A sweeping narrative of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in the shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.

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DRM Protected
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EPUB
Publication date
May 02, 2016
Publisher
ISBN
9780374715175
Paper ISBN
9780374281083