|They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935) [Novel]|
by Horace McCoy
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When Robert Syverten, a struggling young extra, meets Gloria Beatty, another extra, during the Depression, she talks him into entering a marathon dance contest with her, claiming it’s a shot at being discovered. The grueling contest, which lasts several weeks, has a thousand dollar prize and the couples are only allowed a ten-minute break every two hours. Every evening there is a “derby,” an elimination race in which the couples have to speed-race around a track. Some couples are sponsored by local businesses and the promoters employ various gimmicks to draw audiences. Robert discovers that Gloria, who is severely bitter and morbid, is having sex with Rocky, the master of ceremonies, a pivotal moment in the downward trajectory of her life.
Original title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives