News of the World

News of the World

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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National Book Award Finalist—FictionIn the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780062409225
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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It’s a familiar theme, the unlikely pairing of a gruff old guy and a poor little orphan girl—think True Grit, or better yet, Heidi. Now, take Heidi out of the Alps and set her down in Indian Territory, where she’s just been freed after four years as a captive of the murderous Kiowas. She needs to... Read More »

Captain Kidd is entrusted to return a 10-year-old girl to her relatives after she has spent 4 years in captivity with the Kiowa Indians. Set in 1870 Texas. Short read, beautifully written. Read Harder Challenge 2016 Category: Book Set Before 1900


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becker
Nov 21, 2017

For me, the major appeal of this gently told story was the way it captured a time and place in my mind. It was immersive and transporting. The story is told softly and slowly and I loved the idea of Captain Kyle Kidd travelling around and reading news from around the world to the people. It gave you such a visual snapshot of what was happening both in the U.S. and around the world in the time right after the Civil War. It was a short, undemanding and enjoyable read.

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spiderfelt_0
Nov 15, 2017

Jiles brings into focus the character of the various towns, colored by the cultures of the different immigrant communities. The personalities encountered on the road are well-drawn. It was easy to slip into the story, picturing the scenery, the settlements and the folks along the way.

HappyPuffin Oct 29, 2017

Jiles writing is sparse and beautiful, each word carefully choosen. I read the book while travelling in San Antonio. What a delight!

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Spokoj
Oct 01, 2017

Well written novel about intercultural challenges in the latter days of the western frontier. Timely connection to our current fractured society.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 24, 2017

I liked this, but I didn't love it. That's the best description of this 3 star book. I bumped it up to a 3.5 for the emotions that it evoked in me with the last twenty pages, but otherwise it's a quiet, well-written novel, but it didn't "wow" me.

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infobetsy
Aug 27, 2017

I loved this novel! There is so much to note: spare, poetic prose that shows without telling and brings characters and landscapes and history to life; a suspenseful journey; an unlikely buddy story; thoughtful consideration of the value of the printed word; thoughtful consideration of how traumatic life experiences are woven into a person's being; thoughtful consideration of cross-cultural communication.

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MIMS750
Aug 17, 2017

Beautifully written with realistic characters. This novel explores issues that we still face today but with an historical context.

jyaremchuk Aug 10, 2017

A very well-written, sweet book.

scl_Cori Aug 04, 2017

I don't usually enjoy books where dialogue is not marked by quotations marks but it fits in with the style of this book. It is a slow, easy journey following a piece of the main character's life.

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ssjv
Aug 01, 2017

Heartening read. Intelligent, humorous dialogue.

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Some people were born unsupplied with a human conscience and those people needed killing.

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