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Horse: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)

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The origin of a long-lost painting leads to the remarkable (and true) story of Lexington, the greatest racehorse in American history. Brooks’ novel weaves its way through Lexington's life from antebellum Kentucky through the Civil War and up to the present, where the Smithsonian is studying his bones. Highly recommended for readers of Colson Whitehead. Fans of compelling historical fiction will love this skillfully braided narrative—sure to be nominated for a big literary award. 

— Jason

A deep, multi-faceted historical novel charting the life and legacy of one of the greatest racehorses of the 19th century. The book moves back and forth from pre-Civil War to present day and the people touched by the horse's legacy, while it explores notions of race, loyalty, and the choices that shape our lives. An epic novel.  

— Casey

June 2022 Indie Next List

“Geraldine Brooks’ Horse is one of her very best. A story of race, love, history, slavery, and horse racing with superb writing, fascinating and complex characters, and incredible research. I can’t wait to share this with customers.”
— Vicky Titcomb, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA


“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review

Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME

A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and beauty . . . the evocative voices create a story so powerful, reading it feels like watching a neck-and-neck horse race, galloping to its conclusion—you just can’t look away.” —Oprah Daily

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 
New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.
Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.
Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March and the international bestsellers The Secret Chord, Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks lives in Massachusetts. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593556481
ISBN-10: 0593556488
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Pages: 576
Language: English
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Last Updated At: 5/29/2023 07:02am