ΓÇ£BrooksΓÇÖ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇöThe New York Times Book Review ΓÇ£Horse isnΓÇÖt just an animal storyΓÇöitΓÇÖs a moving narrative about race and art.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇöTIME ΓÇ£A revelation . . . [the] best horse book IΓÇÖve ever read.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇöJane Smiley,The New York Times Book Review A discarded painting in a junk pilea skeleton in an atticand the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strandsa Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spiritobsessionand injustice across American history Kentucky1850. 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 waran itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous nighthe reunites with the stallion and his groomvery far from the glamor of any racetrack. New York City1954. Martha Jacksona gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary paintersbecomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance. WashingtonDC2019. Jessa Smithsonian scientist from Australiaand Theoa Nigerian-American art historianfind themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horseΓÇöone studying the stallionΓÇÖs bones for clues to his power and endurancethe 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 LexingtonHorse is a novel of art and sciencelove and obsessionand our unfinished reckoning with racism.
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