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The suspense of True Grit meets the poignancy of The Orenda in a powerful novel that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust

1870. For many, civilization is only a dream. Towns and cities are separated by miles of perilous landscape and roads unprotected from Kiowaraids and unscrupulous lawmen. Here, in this world, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes his living.

An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. But that existence is disrupted when he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver Johanna, an orphan, to her blood relatives. 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, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey 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, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Ultimately Johanna is reunited with her relatives and 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. Exquisitely rendered as only Paulette Jiles could, News of the World is a brilliant, morally complex work of historical fiction.

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Critical Praise

“This Western is not to be missed by Jiles’s fans and lovers of Texan historical fiction.” —Library Journal on NEWS OF THE WORLD

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062573896
  • ISBN 10: 0062573896
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 09/27/2016
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Westerns
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Literary

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