Island Book's open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend. This month's choice is Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon.
Note special third Thursday meeting date!
A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and
beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys,
grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down
West Virginia track. Tommy Hansel has a plan: run four horses, all
better than they look on paper, at long odds at Indian Mound Downs, then
grab the purse--or cash a bet--and run before anyone's the wiser.
At his side is Maggie Koderer, who finds herself powerfully drawn to the
gorgeous, used up animals of the cheap track. She also lands in the
cross-hairs of leading trainer Joe Dale Bigg. But as news of Tommy's
plan spreads, from veteran groom Medicine Ed, to loan shark Two-Tie, to
Kidstuff the blacksmith, it's Maggie, not Tommy or the handlers of
legendary stakes horse Lord of Misrule, who will find what's valuable in
a world where everything has a price.