Once in a decade there appears a truly remarkable, unforgettable book, that forces you to slow down and savor very word, every nuance-this is that book!
Morgan tells an epic American story beginning with Samuel Forge, who left his family tobacco farm in Virginia before the revolutionary war, looking for something bigger and more challenging and he found it in the Kentucky. In an act that defined race relations up to contemporary times he chose to travel with Ben, his slave, rather that a younger brother, secure in the knowledge that he would be more amusing, better able to identify good land and a better protector. Throughout this saga the self-perceived superiority of the master over his property despite the black man's skills and knowledge recur with increasing force.
Upon the death of his father in the late 20th-century Henry Forge turns the farm that had been producing corn for centuries into a working stable for breeding and raising thoroughbreds. In collaboration with his headstrong daughter, Henrietta, he endeavors to breed the next Secretariat.
The arrival of Allmon Shaugnnessy, a young, prison-trained, half-Irish, half-black groom and stable boy with the sensitivity of a horse whisperer brings three centuries of complex race relations to a furious climax.