Monday, January 16, 2017

News of the World

Transport. If you’re a reader without a lot of time for those sweeping novels of historical fiction, consider reading Paulette Jiles’ fine novel titled, News of the World. Set mostly in Texas in 1870, protagonist Jefferson Kidd’s regular job is reading world news to small towns on a traveling circuit where people pay a small fee to be transported by Kidd to lands far and wide. He has supplemented this regular gig with an assignment to return a ten-year-old girl named Johanna from her recent release from captivity by the Kiowa to her relatives far away. Jiles presents the road journey as the plot momentum, while deeply developing the characters and describing the setting and morals of the time period. Within just over 200 pages, Jiles sends readers to this time in Texas and introduces us to fascinating characters whose lives we quickly care about deeply. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase News of the World from

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