News of the world : a novel
by
 
Jiles, Paulette, 1943- author.

Title
News of the world : a novel

Author
Jiles, Paulette, 1943- author.

ISBN
9780062409218
 
9780062409201

Physical Description
213 pages : maps ; 20 cm.

Abstract
"In 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"-- Provided by publisher.

Subject Term
Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
 
Widowers -- Fiction.
 
Orphans -- Fiction.
 
Kiowa Indians -- Fiction.

Geographic Term
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.

Electronic Access
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Genre
Historical fiction. gsafd

Format
Book

Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]


Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeLibraryStatus
BookJILE32530609229537Main JCPLAdult Fiction Area
BookJILE32530608473912Main JCPLDue 11/9/21