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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

  • “Remarkable achievements…The Sport of Kings hovers between fiction, history, and myth, its characters sometimes like the ancient ones bound to their tales by fate, its horses distant kin to those who drew the chariot of time across the sky…Novelists can do things that other writers can’t―and Morgan can do things that other novelists can’t…Tremendous, the work of a writer just starting to show us what she can do.”

    New Yorker

  • “Morgan is a virtuoso stylist, easily rendering the kinetics of horseracing, then plunging beneath the surface to illuminate the mysteries of genetic science. There will not be a novel with a larger and more dazzlingly deployed vocabulary published this year…aconstantly invigorating, surprising and transfixing novel.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “[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…Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling writer astonish us next time?”

    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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