Why did I love this book?
Horse is an historical novel set in the era leading up to the Civil War. The focus is a legendary racehorse, but the story is about the relationship between Blacks and Whites.
There is an authenticity to the drama, which includes both real and imagined characters. Horse revolves around the life and times of Jarret, the slave who cares for Lexington.
To bring immediacy to the story, Brooks imagines a parallel modern tale, with Theo mirroring the legendary Jarret. Horse focuses on specific places in a historic era. In my books, I try to make the story about the place, Martha’s Vineyard, come alive.