Horse - Geraldine Brooks


By Geraldine Brooks

  • Release Date: 2022-06-14
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,616 Ratings


“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review

Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME

A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and beauty . . . the evocative voices create a story so powerful, reading it feels like watching a neck-and-neck horse race, galloping to its conclusion—you just can’t look away.” —Oprah Daily

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

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.


  • Horse

    By turkey/77
    I have a very deep love of horses and had two of them growing up. This was a wonderful book and I was once again immersed in my life long love of them.
  • Historical fiction at its best

    By Homeworth
    Spellbinding book that I couldn’t put down! It held my interest through every twist and turn of events.
  • Preachy and politically biased

    By jules from ltn
     If you love stories about how all blacks are victims and all whites are racist, you might enjoy this book. I don’t enjoy a lecture when I’m in the mood to be entertained. A few jabs at Donald Trump are included as well.
  • Horse is a wonderful read, full of heart and history.

    By Susanlberry
    I loved this story and her excellent writing - the direct and indirect portrayals of slavery, and both the fictional characters of Jess and Theo. The author makes a fine point about modern racism, but I was terribly unhappy with Theo’s fate. I learned so much about racing and thoroughbred horses and was glad to learn that it was all factual. Truly a great work of historical fiction.
  • Just OK

    By Reader307
    The horse specifics seemed simplified and trivialized — a mere afterthought that made the story lack authenticity.
  • Excellent

    By LRoseLee
    Loved this book. Very well written.
  • Horse

    By birtsie b
    I really enjoyed this book. I was initially not interested in horses, but this book goes way beyond a story about a horse it connects 19th century with 21st century credibly interesting!
  • Horse

    By Readingbythesea
    It was hard to stayed focused in some parts of the story. The story was interesting, but jumping back in forth between the 19th to the 20th century, was hard to follow. A lot of players to remember.
  • Perfect book

    By shellbearclark
    I love this book. Horses and historical function. I perfect match for me.
  • Horse

    By Khebra
    I love this book