Myra Lucretia Taylor
Jaimy Gordon's engrossing Lord of Misrule is a National Book Award winner. In the early 1970s, horse trainer Tommy Hansel cooks up a crafty get-rich-quick scheme. But his plans go awry when everyone at the Indian Mound Downs track seems to be on to his shenanigans. Complicating matters further is Tommy's tragic love, Maggie. She adores the horses in all their rundown glory and becomes fascinated by the misfits who populate the backwater West Virginia...
When Lucy steps off the subway, she walks into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement with Stupe, a burly war veteran.
A reunion between two former college friends sparks a no-holds-barred war of attrition in this outrageously madcap black comedy.