Lord of Misrule
  • Author: Gordon, Jaimy
  • Binding: Clothbound with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 296
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-929701-83-7
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $25.00

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WINNER: 2010 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

WINNER: 2010 DR. TONY RYAN $10,000 BOOK AWARD FOR BEST BOOK ON HORSE RACING

FINALIST: PEN/FAULKNER AWARD

MICHIGAN NOTABLE BOOK 2011

WINNER: GOLD MEDAL: 2012 IPPY for LITERARY FICTION

WINNER: SILVER MEDAL: FOREWORD 2010 BOOK-OF-THE-YEAR-AWARD -- LITERARY FICTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOKSELLERS CHOICE AWARD 2011




MAJOR ESSAY -- Donald Pizer in South Carolina Review: Men, Women, and Horses: The American Literary Horse Racing Novel (pdf)

Published November 15, 2010; currently in third printing

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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 are all struggling 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 gut out fast before anyone notices. The problem is, at this rundown riverfront half-maile racetrack in the Northern Panhandle, everybody notices -- veteran groom Medicine Ed, Kidstuff the blacksmith, old lady "gyp" Deucey Gifford, stall superintendent Suitcase Smithers, eventually even the ruled-off "racetrack financier" Two-Tie 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.

Jaimy Gordon interviewed by Michael Silverblatt, December 16th 2:30-3:00 (Pacific): KCRW The Book Worm

C-SPAN's coverage of the National Book Awards: NBA Ceremony

NPR's Announcement of the National Book Awards: NPR

Read short fiction and essays by Jaimy Gordon: Western Michigan U. Website

Jaimy Gordon interviewed by David Wilk: WritersCast.com Author Interview

Bruce McPherson interviewed by David Wilk: WritersCast.com Publishing Talks

Leonard Lopate Show Interview: On Lord of Misrule

Bret Anthony Johnston's National Book Foundation interview:Jaimy Gordon

Read the Daily Racing Form review:A Gem of a Racing Novel

Read a sample chapter: Chapter One (PDF)

Read Jane Smiley's review in the Washington Post:'Lord of Misrule' headed for winner's circle?

Read a review from the Omnivoracious blog:Omni Crush: Lord of Misrule

Listen to Lorraine Caron's WMUK radio interview with Jaimy Gordon: WMU Professor Wins National Book Award for Fiction

Radio OPENSOURCE Interview with Christopher Lydon:Jaimy Gordon's Racetrack Revelation

Read Keith Waldrop's article from Context magazine (No. 7) about Gordon's other books:Reading Jaimy Gordon

Thoroughbred Times review: Gordon Captures Racetrack Grit

Read a Wall Street Journal article about McPherson & Company:A Surprise Nomination

Western Michigan University press release: English Professor Wins National Book Award

Listen to Steve Bertrand's interview with Jaimy Gordon:Bertrand on Books

Days of Yore interview: Jaimy Gordon, December 8, 2011

Maya Alexandri blog essay: Gordon's Hammer


MORE REVIEWS:
"A novel of luck, pluck, farce and above all horse racing... Exceptional writing and idiosyncratic characters make this an engaging read."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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REVIEWS OF UK EDITION:
The Independent: Deserving Dark Horse of a Winner

The Telegraph: A Sure Fire Winner


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AUTHOR:
Jaimy Gordon’s fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010, and was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; it also won the Tony Ryan Award for the year’s best book about horse racing. Gordon’s previous novels include Bogeywoman, She Drove Without Stopping, and Shamp of the City-Solo....
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