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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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 braids 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 glamor of any racetrack. New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century 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 horseone studying the stallions 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 Americas greatest stud sire, Horse is a gripping, multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America.
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Mitch
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Loved this and it was going to be one of my top 10 2022 books ( it still might sneak in at no.10!) - until I stopped loving it when I hit the final 100 pages. Up until that point it was brilliant - I got a real sense of the weight of the horses, their personalities and the bonds they form. Thought the different timeline strands were clear but at times interrupted the pace - I just wanted to stay with the horse!

DGRachel Oh no! I hate when the ending lets me down. 😔 5d
Mitch @DGRachel I know! I was all set to but zillions of copies of this and give it to everyone! But whilst it‘s still good - I‘m not feeling evangelical! 4d
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jspoelker
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An epic tale weaving the long pasts and the present revolving around an unmatched horse of his time and the spokes of his relations to humans, paintings, and his off spring. Being from the area (S. Ohio with family roots in Louisville horse racing), the story slowly swallowed me whole. The plausible, personalized discrimination of blacks & the unthinkable choices they were forced to make/still endure is important for society to understand.

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Addison_Reads
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My first read by this author and I absolutely loved every page of it. 💚🐎

There are several different storylines going on that all are somehow connected to one unforgettable horse, Lexington. The relationship between Jarrett and the horse was by far my favorite sections.

The social commentary and political turmoil during all time periods, and the sad way that history repeats itself, gave this historical fiction a modern feel.

Excellent read!

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Mitch
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This is my first Brooks novel - wow, what a storyteller she is!

MrsMalaprop She sure is 😊👏. 2w
Lcsmcat I‘ve enjoyed other of her works but hadn‘t heard of this one. Stacked! 2w
rachaich She writes very well. I like how she introduces previously lesser known characters and spins their story. March was a favourite of mine 😊😊😊 2w
Mitch @rachaich 👍🏼 2w
Addison_Reads I just started it today and it's my first experience with this author as well. I'm loving it so far and I can't wait to see how it all connects. 2w
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Cinfhen
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Geraldine Brooks has crafted a multi layered story spanning more than 150 years. Told from multiple POVs we meet real & fictional characters who helped shape the early days of equestrian history from the owners, trainers, groomers, jockeys and artists to the present day cast of characters whose lives become intertwined with the past. Touching upon slavery, ownership, & contemporary Americana this book was a masterclass in fine writing.

Cinfhen Audio was really good @Megabooks ♥️🎧 2w
Megabooks Thanks for the tag! 💜 I‘m hoping my Kentucky library will pick it up! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2w
Cinfhen Im sure they will @Megabooks 🐴 2w
Centique Oooh I do love Brooks and this sounds amazing. What a good long list this year! 2w
Cinfhen This is DEFINITELY in your wheelhouse @Centique 💕💕💕 2w
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Mitch
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Starting this today. It took me 0.03 seconds to decide on an appropriate bookmark! 👍🏼

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Floresj
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Telling the story of Lexington, horse racing, slavery and modern techniques of analyzing skeletons was accomplished in a creative manner. The 1800s port of the book was its strength and engaging, and the modern romance felt forced which took away from its connection thread. Overall, good book.

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Cinfhen
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SO GOOD!!! Definitely has the beginnings of a five star read. Slavery, horse racing, art and contemporary America all woven together in this newest novel from Brooks. Lots of history about Kentucky has me thinking about my book bestie @Megabooks

Freespirit Oh she‘s a favourite writer of mine! Looking forward to reading this ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen It‘s SOOOO GOOD @Freespirit 2w
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jlhammar
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Another great historical novel from Geraldine Brooks! Enthralling story, well-researched and I truly cared about what happened to these character (the horse included).

The Afterword had me in tears when Brooks writes about her late husband, journalist and historian, Tony Horwitz. She said his research for Spying on the South often intersected with her own for Horse so look forward to reading that in the coming months.

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Decalino
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I've lived in Lexington, Kentucky for a year now, but had no idea the city's iconic blue horse logo was based on a real racehorse of the same name until my sister-in-law surprised me with this gripping novel. Parallel stories set in the pre-Civil War era and contemporary DC explore Lexington's rise to fame and his remarkable legacy. The title is simple, but the book is about so much more: art, history, race, humanity and love.

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rmaclean4
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I dont like books about Art or horses, but I do love Geraldine Brooks writing. This book was OK, well written but not my favorite of hers.

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charl08
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Loved it! Brilliant historical novel that took me away from worrying about the day job.

jlhammar Just started this today. Loving it so far! 1mo
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charl08
Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks

Even as his world contracted and pressed in upon him, in equal measure his heart expanded. One day, bending to the picking, he saw a snakeskin, dry and twisted, blown against the stem of the cotton plant. He wondered if the snake had to struggle to shed that constricting encasement and if it suffered before it could break free.

The translucent skin rattled softly in the hot wind. Maybe this season was his shedding.

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charl08
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"That seems a bit-primitive?" Theo said.
Jess shrugged. "Dermestids can do the delicate work of cleaning bones with less damage than any other method we've been able to come up with. Efficient too. They clean about three thousand specimens a year for us everything from hummingbirds to an elephant that died at the National Zoo. They can clean a mouse in a day; a dolphin might take two or three weeks.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Loved it. One of the best books I‘ve read this year so far.

jlhammar Now I‘m even more excited! Planning to dive in this week. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @jlhammar enjoy! I thought it was wonderful!! 2mo
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Branwen
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And last but not least, I discovered that Geraldine Brooks has a new book out! I can't believe I didn't know about this! 😱 The People of the Book is a favorite of mine, so I had to grab this one! Her writing is just so beautiful, I can't wait to read it! AND! I FOUND A SIGNED COPY ON THE TABLE! It was the only one! 💕📚

DivineDiana Lucky you! 👏🏻 2mo
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jlhammar
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It‘s here! One of my most anticipated new releases. #bookmail

DrexEdit I read a preview excerpt of this one. It looks really good! 2mo
lauraisntwilder I have soooo many books in my TBR pile, but this looks so good! She's great. 2mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I only have 7-days to read this 400-page highly anticipated book. It gives me People of the Book vibes and I‘m so hoping for an excellent reading experience!

Cinfhen Im SOOO excited for this book!!! Can‘t wait to start seeing reviews 2mo
jlhammar Me too! Love Geraldine Brooks. My copy is due to arrive sometime in the next few days. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Cinfhen yes!!! Same!! I can‘t wait to dig in. 😍 2mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @jlhammar I was so surprised it was here! I thought it was going to be in the Fall. But yay! 2mo
BookBr Really looking forward to this one!! 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @BookBr it‘s so good! 2mo
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Tamra
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I definitely marked this TBR as it seems to fall into my reading wheelhouse! 😁

megnews I love Brooks. Sounds great. Stacked. 4mo
Tamra @megnews I really enjoyed Year of Wonders! 4mo
megnews @Tamra me too. It was so good. 4mo
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Cathythoughts Year of Wonders sounds good too .. I think I‘ll stack that one first 👍🏻 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I hope you like it! 🤞🏾 4mo
Tamra @megnews I need to get to her backlist. I think I tried another on audio and it didn‘t work for me in that format. (edited) 4mo
jlhammar I only just heard about this one last week. Very excited. Really enjoy her. I think Caleb's Crossing and People of the Book are my favorites, but also enjoyed Year of Wonders and March. 4mo
Tamra @jlhammar those are on my radar! I read about this one via Malaprop‘s bookstore email. Do you subscribe? It really expands the TBR. 😬 4mo
jlhammar @Tamra I love bookstore e-newsletters. Going to subscribe now! I read about Horse in the Coming Soon section of the newest edition of Bookmarks magazine. I've been subscribed for a few years now and really enjoy it. https://www.bookmarksmagazine.com/ 4mo
Tamra @jlhammar thank you! 4mo
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jlhammar
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New issue of bookmarks arrived today! In the Coming Soon section I learned that I have a new Geraldine Brooks to look forward to (tagged out in June). Very exciting!

KristiAhlers Oh awesome! I‘ll have to check my local bookstore to see if they have it out next time I go! 4mo
Reynosa8701 What is this a magazine? 4mo
jlhammar @Reynosa8701 Yes. I've been subscribed for a few years now and really enjoy it. I think you can also buy individual issues at Barnes and Noble.
https://www.bookmarksmagazine.com/
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