November’s Reading Group selection is Lord of Misrule, 2010’s National Book Award-winner for fiction. The Reading Group will meet on Mon., Dec. 5th at 7pm in the Goldfish Tea House (117 W 4th St., in downtown Royal Oak). Books are discounted 15% at Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd. Oak Park, MI). All are welcome!
Jaimy Gordon’s tale of low-stakes horse racing at a backwoods West Virginia race track bristles with authenticity, character, and rich dialogue. Horse trainer Tommy Hansel dreams up a scam. He’ll run four horses in claiming races at long odds and get out before anyone realizes how good his horses are. But at a track as small as Indian Mound Downs, where everyone knows everybody’s business, Hansel’s hopes are quickly dashed.
“With marvelous poetic authority, Jaimy Gordon takes us deep into the underbelly of the racetrack. There are no roses or mint juleps here. This is the down-and-dirty world of claiming races, and everything is hazed with the gritty patina of desperation. Through her considerable gifts, Gordon fully inhabits this seldom-seen world of trainers, dreamers, gamblers, and grifters. At turns comic, heartbreaking, and lyrical, Lord of Misrule is a brilliant achievement.”–Don Lee, author of Wrack and Ruin