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News of the World

By: Paulette Jiles
Published: ©2016
Pages: 212 (Includes Reading Group Discussion Questions)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Historical FictionRegional, American Southwest


Description: In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young orphaned captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. 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.

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