Paulette Jiles, author of News of the World, on tour October 2016

Posted By on October 4, 2016

news-of-the-world-coverAbout News of the World

• Hardcover: 224 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (October 4, 2016)

Longlisted for the National Book Award–Fiction

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings 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, forging 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. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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Paulette JilesAbout Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, TX.

Find out more about Paulette at her website.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 23rd: The Paperback Pilgrim

Tuesday, October 4th: Broken Teepee

Wednesday, October 5th: Bibliophiliac

Friday, October 7th: Just One More Chapter

Monday, October 10th: BookNAround

Tuesday, October 11th: A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, October 12th: Stranded in Chaos

Thursday, October 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Friday, October 14th: Booksie’s Blog

Monday, October 17th: Kahakai Kitchen

Tuesday, October 18th: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Wednesday, October 19th: Books on the Table

Thursday, October 20th: Dwell in Possibility

Monday, October 24th: Tina Says…

Tuesday, October 25th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Wednesday, October 26th: Literary Quicksand

Thursday, October 27th: A Bookworm’s World

Friday, October 28th: Art @ Home

Monday, October 31st: The Book Diva’s Reads

Tuesday, November 1st: Man of La Book


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