Book Passage Presents

Geraldine Brooks

in conversation with Michael Lewis

Celebrating the release of her new book

Horse

LIVE: Thursday, June 23,
4:00pm pacific / 7:00pm eastern

Book Passage Presents

Geraldine Brooks

in conversation with Michael Lewis

Celebrating the release of her new book

Horse

LIVE: Thursday, June 23,
4:00pm pacific / 7:00pm eastern

Join Geraldine Brooks live and online to celebrate the release of her book Horse.

“This is historical fiction at its finest, connecting threads of the past with the present to illuminate that essentially human something . . . Calling all horse girls: This is the story of the most important racehorse you’ve never heard of, but it’s also so much more than that.” Good Housekeeping
“With exceptional characterizations, Pulitzer Prize–winner Brooks tells an emotionally impactful tale . . . [The] settings are pitch-perfect, and the story brings to life the important roles filled by Black horsemen in America’s past. Brooks also showcases the magnificent beauty and competitive spirit of Lexington himself.” Booklist

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

Geraldine Brooks photo courtesy of BAIRD; Michael Lewis photo courtesy of Tabitha Soren

Geraldine Brooks

About Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March and the international bestsellers The Secret Chord, Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks lives in Massachusetts.

Michael Lewis

About Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s PokerMoneyballThe Blind SideThe Big ShortThe Undoing Project, and The Fifth Risk. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children. The Premonition is his latest book.