The Sport of Kings
|Author:||C. E. Morgan|
An American myth and a contemporary portrait of the scars of the past that run through a family, and of our desperate need to escape our history, to subsume it with pleasure - or to rise above it with glory. 'You and I are family. Blood and treasure. Listen to me, I created this world with my own two hands, and I am going to leave it all to you.' Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, 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 endeavour of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges' history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth. A spiralling 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. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself - a moral epic for our time.
Baileys Shortlist 2017
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2017
'With The Sport of Kings, CE Morgan has delivered a masterpiece. Rich, deep, and ambitious, this book is, by any standard, a Great American Novel' Philipp Meyer, author of The Son and American Rust Praise for All the Living: 'A distinctive and wonderful book, which lingers and deepens in your mind' Hilary Mantel 'Steeped in dust, sweat, tension and desire, All the Living feels like a classic - the finest first novel I've read in years' Tash Aw 'An elegant debut novel...reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers' TLS 'A lyrical tale of grief and gruelling love on a tobacco farm ... Morgan's pacing is shrewd. By the time the harvest is done, two lonely people are fused, if not consoled' New Yorker
C. E. Morgan studied English and voice at Berea College and holds a master's in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of All the Living (2009) and a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award. In 2010, she was named by The New Yorker as one of their 20 Under 40. She lives in Kentucky.