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News of the World Movie Tie-in: A Novel Paperback – 29 December 2020

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“This Western is not to be missed by Jiles’s fans and lovers of Texan historical fiction.” -- Library Journal on NEWS OF THE WORLD

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In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd drifts through northern Texas, performing live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world—of the Irish pouring into New York City, of the railroad driving into the new state of Nebraska, of an eruption of Popocatépetl near Mexico City. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain once made his living as a printer, until the War Between the States took his press and everything with it. Now, at seventy-one, he enjoys the freedom of the road, even if his body aches and money is scarce.

At a stop in Wichita Falls, Captain Kidd is offered a fifty-dollar gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives near San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders viciously killed Johanna Leonberger’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as their own. Recently recovered by the U.S. Army, the ten-year-old with blue eyes and hair the color of maple sugar has once again been torn away from the only home and family she knows. The captain’s sense of duty and of compassion propels him to accept, though he knows the journey will be long and difficult.

Winding through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain, the four-hundred-mile odyssey south proves dangerous as well. A corrupt Reconstruction administration runs the state government, and anarchy and lawlessness have taken hold. The captain must watch for thieves, Comanches and Kiowas, and the federal army—and corral the wild Johanna. Small and thin, the despondent child 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 wary Johanna slowly draws closer to the man she calls “Kep-dun,” and the two lonely survivors forge a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

But in San Antonio another hurdle awaits, one that will force this respectable man to make a terrible choice that will determine Johanna’s fate—and his own.

Unfolding in gorgeous prose, News of the World is a vivid portrait that captures a beautiful and hostile land, and a masterful eploration of the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow Paperbacks; Media Tie In edition (29 December 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063011956
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0063011953
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 191 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.4 x 18.92 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning historic fiction with lively characters and a compelling premise.
By Priya_Shrinath on 5 February 2021
Set in the 1870s Texas, News Of The World is a stunning literary fiction that follows the story of a young girl Johanna, who is still in trauma after being captured and later released by Kiowa for whatever reasons unknown.

Captain Kidd is now retired from spending his days in the Civil War and is now on a mission to spread the news of the world to remote people and places and to whoever would give him an ear and a dime! That's when he comes across the scared little girl who cannot speak common language, nor can she communicate with the Captain.

What follows is the journey of this unlikely duo across miles in search of Johanna's remaining family. In between, they'll face troubles that'll test their newly blossoming bond which will only get stronger from friends to close-as-a-family! Although it starts deliberately because Kidd would be rewarded for Johanna's return, soon that'd change.

Wow, what a read! The book flows as smooth as an ocean current and its very easy to fall in love with both Kidd and Johanna and their strange relationship. Paulette Jiles makes a brilliant portrayal of her story and the characters, slowly building a pace and urging her readers to laugh and cry along with her premise.

Atmospheric and compelling, it is no doubt that this book made a terrific feature film for Tom Hanks! I'm so glad I had a chance to read this stunning novel and highly recommend it to everyone who'd love a historical story with lively characters and learn about the Civil War.
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