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Bred to Win

Kinsolving, William

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ISBN 10: 0385261233 / ISBN 13: 9780385261234
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition, June 1990, stated. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "To G-- H-- / May your flowers ever bloom! / William Kinsolving." Quarterbound in dark green paper-covered boards with a green cloth, gold-lettered spine. Book is unmarked; slight spine slant; corners and spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $19.95). Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005033

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Title: Bred to Win

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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A saga set in the world of international horseracing.

From Publishers Weekly:

Long on plot and short on subtlety, this soap-operatic novel by the author of Raven and Born with the Century reads like a teleplay for a miniseries. Fifteen-year-old Annie Grebauer, born into a Kentucky family of impoverished, incestuous white trash, rescues from death a prize thoroughbred belonging to millionaire socialite horse breeder Sam Cumberland. She runs away to New York, learns about horse racing at Belmont, and thereafter rotates among glamorous lovers, horse farms and European countries, accumulating wealth, fame, thoroughbreds, surnames and scandals, but nonetheless preferring mucking out horse stalls to wearing mink coats and riding in limousines. Kinsolving depicts the international thoroughbred business and its socioeconomic hierarchy in quasi-Balzacian detail, injecting farfetched yet spicy subplots involving the Mafia underworld and Nazi war criminals. The contrived, formulaic plot relies on coincidences but improves considerably in the novel's less predictable second half, where symbolic parallels add psychological and literary sophistication. Kinsolving's likable heroine, high-minded and scurrilous, surprising and always human, is the novel's best asset. Movie rights to Warner Bros . ; Literary Guild main selection; Doubleday Book Club alternate.
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