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The Sport of Kings

A Novel

by C. E. Morgan

eBook

1 of 1 copy available

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction

  • A Finalist for the James Taite 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
  • A New York Times Book Review 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 shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.


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    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Kindle Book

    • Release date: May 3, 2016

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    • ISBN: 9780374715175
    • File size: 869 KB
    • Release date: May 3, 2016

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    • ISBN: 9780374715175
    • File size: 842 KB
    • Release date: May 3, 2016


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    subjects

    Fiction Literature

    Languages

    English

    A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction

  • A Finalist for the James Taite 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
  • A New York Times Book Review 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 shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.


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