A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction
A Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction
A Finalist for the James Tait 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
One ofNew York Times Book Review 100 Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly
The New York Times (Selected by Dwight Garner)
The Wall Street Journal
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
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