Friday, December 8, 2023

Finally Friday - Horse by Geraldine Brooks

 Having been to Kentucky this spring and enjoying horse country, Horse by Geraldine Brooks struck a chord for me. 

cover blurb:  A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history - from different time periods (Kentucky 1850, New York City 1954, and Washington DC 2019),  Brooks weaves a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice. 

Her writing is so smooth, her characters are memorable, and I am in awe of her obvious research to create an excellent novel. 

Kentucky 1850 An enslaved groom and a bay foal have a bond. The horse proves victorious, but alas has some issues. Follow this story and treatment of an educated black lad grown to adulthood with a magic touch for horses. 

Meanwhile NYC 1954 - follow the tale of a nineteenth century equestrian oil painting of mysterious origins. 

DC 2019 A Smithsonian scientist and a Nigerian American art historian are connected by a horse. Bones offer clues to the winner's speed and health issues. Art uncovers a story of unsung Black horsemen.

cover blurb: Inspired by the true story of thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism. 

I highly recommend this novel. I loved the characters and became very vested in the outcomes as each tale intertwined. Huge thumbs up.   And go visit Kentucky for an even greater appreciation of the book's backdrop. 


  1. Hi Joanne - thanks - it does sound a good read ... not for me - way too many awaiting my eyes ... and yes I'd love to visit Kentucky ... perhaps one day - your trip there obviously inspired you - cheers Hilary

    1. I understand the book line gets long. KY is a gorgeous state. Worth a trek to explore.
      Have a good weekend!

  2. Hi Joanne - just ordered for a friend who is coming with me to my brother's and SIL for Christmas ... one of her sons is just outside Boston ... cheers Hilary

    1. Excellent gift. Enjoy your friend’s visit.