Horse - Geraldine Brooks

Horse

By Geraldine Brooks

  • Release Date: 2022-06-14
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 835 Ratings

Description

“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review

Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME

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 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, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

Reviews

  • Awesome tale of the power of the relationship of a man and a horse

    5
    By Epaaone
    Great read for any Horse Enthusiast!
  • Horse is a worthwhile read

    5
    By Bookclub Mom
    I really enjoyed this book. The descriptive writing style Of the era along with character development of the the horse and trainer bond made me feel very invested in their lives. I now have a greater understanding of the history of horse racing in Kentucky.
  • Excellent!

    5
    By Nicholas Sinisi
    Beautifully written and very timely.
  • Horse

    1
    By zoesampoochie
    Really loved this story, BUT stop this anti Trump narrative. The modern characters were contrived. I guessed the modern character’s role and ending immediately after being introduced. This wrecked the book for me.
  • Horse

    5
    By Georgia8286
    Excellent. Excellent. Well developed in every way
  • Horse

    4
    By Little Midget Momma
    I enjoyed the book very much until the end , when it became more about modern day racial issues instead of about horses. That story line might do better in a different book. Brooks’ writing style is very good, drawing the reader into not wanting to put the book down.
  • Wish it stayed focused on Lexington

    2
    By sockmonkey18
    The Lexington storyline was amazing, I wish that was the focus of the book in its entirety. Instead the author piled on every current issue of our era: racism, sexism, global warming, police brutality, homosexuality. Then she finished the book up with starting of covid. I am excited to learn more of Lexington so for that I’m thankful. While I am an avid horse lover and have many friends & family that are, I’d recommend skipping and just reading about Lexington.
  • Contrived

    3
    By Handakina
    The Author takes us along for a wonderful look and “feel” of the early history of horse racing and the role of African-American horsemen. However, the connection of current events to the story line seems contrived. Still, well worth reading.
  • Truly one of the best books I have ever read- I learned so much- truly fantastic!

    5
    By TamiJo!
    Nothing I didn’t like!
  • Horse

    5
    By Donfam
    Masterfully written and well researched. A pleasure to read.