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Jaimy Gordon

Jaimy Gordon won the National Book Award for Lords of Misrule, her novel of horseracing, desperation, and luck set in West Virginia. Gordon graduated from Antioch College in 1966 and earned her doctorate in creative writing from Brown in 1975. In 1974 she published her first novel, the cult favorite Shamp of the City–Solo, followed by 1990’s She Drove Without Stopping and 1999’s Bogeywoman. She has also written several novellas and a long–form poem, The Bend, the Lip, the Kid. But it was her fourth novel, 2010’s Lords of Misrule, which earned her both critical and commercial success. The novel follows several characters over the course of a year as they struggle with a con artist scheming to win a horse race. Gordon began teaching at the MFA program of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1981, and as of 2014 still teaches and writes there.

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Jaimy Gordon.
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Date of Birth
July 4, 1944
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