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An American epic from a major new talent

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled in fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.

A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery.

C. E. Morgan, who received a 2016 Windham–Campbell Prize for Fiction, has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself—a moral epic for our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hovers between fiction, history, and myth, its characters sometimes like the ancient ones bound to their tales by fate.”

    New Yorker

  • “A torchbearer for the new southern Gothic tradition.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “The splendor and barbarism of horse racing and the legacy of slavery are just two of the threads in this sprawling, magisterial Southern Gothic for the twenty-first century.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Morgan is a virtuoso stylist, easily rendering the kinetics of horseracing, then plunging beneath the surface to illuminate the mysteries of genetic science…A constantly invigorating, surprising, and transfixing novel.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A mud-flecked epic, replete with fertile symbolism, that hurtles through generations of Kentucky history.”

    New York Times

  • “[The Sport of Kings] is an epic novel steeped in American history and geography…Morgan’s gothic tale of Southern decadence deepens into a searing investigation of racism’s enduring legacy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for May 2016
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2016 Kirkus Prize Finalist
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