Surprise National Book Award Winner for Fiction

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, a novel about horse racing at a rinky-dink racetrack in Indian Mound Downs, West Virginia, was the surprise winner of this year’s National Book Award for fiction.  The novel follows the lives of jockeys, loan sharks, metal smiths and other outcasts over the course of a year and four horse races.

Gordon, whose book was just released this week, beat out a number of better-known authors.  The other fiction finalists were Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey; Great House by Nicole Krauss; So Much for That by Lionel Shriver; and I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita.

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