They Shoot Horses, Don't They?Book - 2010
"Sordid, pathetic, senselessly exciting. . . has the immediacy and the significance of a nerve-shattering explosion."-- The New Republic
The depression of the 1930s led people to desperate measures to survive. The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time, seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time. But the underside of that craze was filled with a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms.
Horace McCoy was born near Nashville, Tennessee in 1897. His novels include I Should Have Stayed Home (1938), and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1948).
From Library Staff
A dance marathon as a nightmare of isolation and exploitation. Both a peek into a world that existed briefly and a point on a continuum of exploitation.