The Sport of Kings: A Novel

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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Reward

Winner of the Kirkus Reward for Fiction From a Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Reward for FictionA Finalist for the James Tait Black Reward for Fiction A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Reward for FictionA Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Reward Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceA New York Times Book Evaluation Notable Book

Called a Best Book of the Year by Home entertainment Weekly GQ The New York Times (Picked by Dwight Garner) NPR The Wall Street Journal San Francisco Chronicle Refinery29 Booklist Kirkus Reviews Commonweal Publication

"In its poetic splendor and ethical severity, The Sport of Kings bears the traces of Faulkner, Morrison, and McCarthy ... It is a modern masterpiece."-- San Francisco Chronicle

Hailed by The New Yorker for its "remarkable accomplishments," The Sport of Kings is an American tale fixated a horse and two households: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were amongst the creators of Kentucky; the other African-American, the descendants of their slaves.It is a dauntless story that stretches from the fields of the Virginia piedmont to the abundant pastures of the Bluegrass, and throughout 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 assemble in a Thoroughbred called Hellsmouth, heir to Secretariat and a contender for the Triple Crown. Recently challenged with one another in the quest for triumph, the two households should face the effects of their ambitions, as each is driven-- and haunted-- by the same, enduring question: How far away from your dad can you run?A sweeping story of wealth and poverty, bigotry and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching picture of lives cast in the shadow of slavery and an ethical epic for our time.An Amazon Finest Book of May 2016: The Sport of Kings is American and epic, a book of family tree and legacy, race horses and bigotry, power and poverty. It's stylish, provocative and at the right stretches, heart-pounding. Weaving together various centuries and stories, C.E. Morgan exposes the soft and hardened edges of mankind with crushing clearness. The Forge family is Kentucky royalty: their land and wealth has actually been bied far for generations and Henrietta, the child of Henry Forge, stands to inherit it all. With his child by his side, Henry sets out to reproduce and race the fastest horse in history. In a nearby town, Allmon Shaughnessy, an African American kid, matures in a world leaked in discrimination and violence. Years later on, Allmon arrives at the Forge farm determined to remake his own story. It's there that his fate will end up being forever braided with the Forge's, as Henry, Henrietta and Allmon, each stake their future in Hellsmouth, a filly bred from champions that could win it all. Fueled by appeal and rage, lust and violence, The Sport of Kings concludes with an ending that is as adrenaline sustained as Hellsmouth's last turn at the Kentucky Derby. C.E. Morgan's novel is a stunning achievement, one that comes to grips with the weight of the past and the near universal desire to make your very own destiny.-- Al Woodworth

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