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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408710098

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‘I loved this book so much – an important book, gorgeous, full of love’ Ann Patchett


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 tells 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 glamour of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a 19th 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, who became America’s greatest stud sire, Horse is an original ,gripping, multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America.

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I loved this book so much - an important book, gorgeous, full of love . . . a super smart book that will keep you up all night
Ann Patchett
This is historical fiction at its finest, connecting threads of the past with the present to illuminate that essentially human something . . . Calling all horse girls: This is the story of the most important racehorse you've never heard of, but it's also so much more than that.
Good Housekeeping
Everyone should read Geraldine Brooks
Guardian
Few fiction writers travel across territory as vast as that staked out by the intrepid Geraldine Brooks . . . There's a romance between Brooks and the world, and her writing is as full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgement . . . her appetite for detail, her wanting to know how things work and why they happened, is enormous.
Carrie Brown, The Boston Globe
Horse isn't just an animal story-it's a moving narrative about race and art.
Time
Reveals the truth behind the spirit, obsession and injustice across American history
The Handbook
There's something bordering on the supernatural about Geraldine Brooks. She seems able to transport herself back to earlier time periods, to time travel. Sometimes, reading her work, she draws you so thoroughly into another era that you swear she's actually lived in it.
Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
Thrilling . . . a book about the power and pain of words
Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times
One of our most supple and insightful novelists . . . Brooks is an adventurous of a novelist as she once was a journalist . . . her journalistic sense of story has remained vibrant.
Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review
Brook is a master at bringing the past alive . . . in [her] skillful hands the issues of the past echo our own deepest concerns: love and loss, drama and tragedy, chaos and brutality.
Alice Hoffman, The Washington Post
Brilliantly varied and with a galloping pace
Mail on Sunday