Kick the Latch (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

About one woman’s fine, hard life at the racetrack, Kick the Latch—with its ruthless concision and artful mysteries—is lightning in a bottle

Kathryn Scanlan’s Kick the Latch vividly captures the arc of one woman’s life at the racetrack—the flat land and ramshackle backstretch; the bad feelings and friction; the winner’s circle and the racetrack bar; the fancy suits and fancy boots; and the “particular language” of “grooms, jockeys, trainers, racing secretaries, stewards, pony people, hotwalkers, everybody”—with economy and integrity. 

Based on transcribed interviews with Sonia, a horse trainer, the novel investigates form and authenticity in a feat of synthesis reminiscent of Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony. As Scanlan puts it, “I wanted to preserve—amplify, exaggerate—Sonia’s idiosyncratic speech, her bluntness, her flair as a storyteller. I arrived at what you could call a composite portrait of a self.” Whittled down with a fiercely singular artistry, Kick the Latch bangs out of the starting gate and carries the listener on a careening joyride around the inside track.

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
KS
Kathryn Scanlan
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
01:58
hr min
RELEASED
2022
September 27
PUBLISHER
New Directions
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
SIZE
101.1
MB