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Dec. 20 2010 7:12 AM

The Audio Book Club on Lord of Misrule

Our critics discuss Jaimy Gordon's National Book Award-winning novel.

Lord of Misrule.

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This month, Michael Agger, Meghan O'Rourke, and Troy Patterson discuss Jaimy Gordon's Lord of Misrule, the National Book Award-winning novel set in the early 1970s at a seedy West Virginia race track. Our critics agree that Gordon's going for capital-L literary—her prose is purple, even vermillion, and the author favors antiquated nouns. They found this tack aggravating at times but warmed to Gordon's story the more they read.

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Michael Agger is an editor at The New Yorker. Follow him on Twitter.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

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