Paul's Corner: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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Paulette Jiles

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

I love historical novels, especially the kind that shows me a corner of time I know nothing about. Paulette Jiles, an experienced writer of historical novels, takes us to post-Civil War America and gives us a marvelous old goat of a main character to lead us through dangerous post-war Texas. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, veteran of two American wars finds work, lugging eastern newspapers about small town Texas and Oklahoma and reading news to paying folk, eager to find out what’s going on

In Wichita Falls he’s offered substantial money to take a girl who’d been recaptured after living for several years as captive of the Kiowa home to her parents in San Antonio. The situation is complicated by the fact that she doesn’t want to go. Captain Kidd and his reluctant charge encounter all manner of trouble and adventure on the way south. Telling any more would be a disservice to the reader. The characters and wild story of this book is up for a National Book Award this year.  

The novel is short, comfortable to hold in the hand, a smooth read,  and a maker of reading memories. Sheer pleasure. Give it to someone and make a friend. Read it first.