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Geraldine Brooks

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 PM as Geraldine Brooks discusses her new novel, Horse. She will be joined in conversation by NPR host Jacki Lyden.

This event is a joint presentation of Northshire Bookstore, Wellesley Books, R.J. Julia Booksellers and the Odyssey Bookshop. You may choose to order your copy of Horse when you register for this event, for pick up at the store or have it shipped to you, US addresses only. Or you may choose to attend the event for free. All registrants will receive the Zoom link by email before the event.

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March and the international bestsellers The Secret ChordCaleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders (recently optioned by Olivia Colman). She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Brooks started out as a reporter in her hometown, Sydney, and went on to cover conflicts as a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Brooks lives in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts with her sons; her horses, Valentine and Screaming Hot Wings; and a dog named Bear.

About Jacki Lyden

Jacki Lyden is a former award-winning NPR host correspondent for over three decades. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, which was commissioned for film and sold in eleven foreign countries. She’s a frequent public speaker. Last year the American Psychiatric Assn. named her "Patient Advocate of the Year” and she is a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health journalism fellow. She is a board member of the Cheuse International Writing center at George Mason University. She leads writing workshops in the US and Ireland. She’s working on a new memoir called Tell Me Something Good, about her life after NPR.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 6:00pm
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ISBN: 9780399562969
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Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

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