Last night the winner for the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Fiction was announced. The award went to C. E. Morgan for The Sport of Kings. She will receive $50,000.
Plot Summary: The title refers to horse racing, and the novel centres itself within that world: a connected web of humans and animals, as well as a fertile patch of land, in the heart of Kentucky. C.E. Morgan puts readers inside the consciousness of a range of characters who inhabit that patch of land through the years: an adolescent trying to grow up under the withering gaze of his landowner father; a brilliant black woman struggling with her seeming fate to be a household servant; a whip-smart boy who grows up in the ghetto but seeks to know more about his mysterious origins; and a girl whose uncompromising love of her family's legacy leads her to gamble with her own life.
C.E. Morgan's novel The Sport of Kings "takes the kind of dauntless, breathtaking chances readers once routinely expected from the boldest of American novels," the panel of judges wrote in their citation.
For the full Kirkus review, go to https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ce-morgan/the-sport-of-kings/.
For the shortlist with plot summaries, go to http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/09/kirkus-prize-for-fiction-shortlist.html.