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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction A Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for FictionA Finalist for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for FictionA Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceOne 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.

Fiction & Literature
May 3
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Customer Reviews

Stongworthy ,

Well written and interesting but poorly titled...

...and I must say that people who know nothing about guns should not attempt to detail them or their workings in their writing.

Must also admit that this author's consistently delightful sentences and turns of phrase made it a worthwhile read. She does have that gift.

Conclusion dark, muddled, confusing. Don't know why she wrapped it up like that...a disappointment after all that had come before.

tmc421981 ,

The Sport of Kings

This book is an extremely well-written story concerning evolution, the purpose of our lives here on earth, told through the genre of southern history and horse racing. It is not for the faint of heart, but for the thinking soul.

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