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News of the world : a novel
2016
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Characters
Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Male), Captain, Widower, War veteran, Gives live readings about the news; agrees to transport an orphan little girl on a 400-mile journey
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Topics
Family
Responsibility
Reunions
Honor
Trust
Setting
Texas - South (U.S.) / West (U.S.)
Time Period
1870 -- 19th century
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  Library Journal Review

An intriguing tale of the post-Civil War Southwest, the story concerns the travels of Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd from Wichita Falls, TX, to near San Antonio, where he hopes to return a recently recovered Indian captive to her family and reap a reward. Kidd earns meagre pay as an itinerant news reader to audiences in the small towns of Texas. Although the story is fiction, the author gives listeners some wonderful descriptions of the real Texas hill country and the dangers and rigors of frontier travel, including Indians, bandits, and would-be human traffickers. There's also much discussion about corrupt politicians, the desire for fame in big-city newspapers, and the fine line between moral and immoral conduct. Reader Grover Gardner's characterizations are convincing, and his timing and inflections are effective in conveying emotion. VERDICT Very highly recommended for adult audio collections. ["Not to be missed by Jiles's fans and lovers of Texas historical fiction"; LJ 12/15 review of the Morrow hc.]-Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Reader Gardner proves yet again that he is one of the best voice actors in the audiobook industry today with his reading of Jiles's evocative story of post-Civil War Texas. His deep, warm voice is such a perfect match for the character of the elderly widowed Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd that listeners immediately fall under his spell. Gardner's rich vocal tones and his faultless timing of Jiles's prose rhythms draw listeners quickly and deeply into the premise of the story and the lives of its characters. In 1870, the captain is called upon to escort 10-year-old Joanna-rescued from the Kiowa tribe that abducted and raised her-to distant relatives in northern Texas. As they travel in his rickety wagon on their 400-mile journey they share dangerous adventures and form a bond that leaves them with difficult decisions when they finally reach their destination. A Morrow hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Tom Hanks </p> <p>National Book Award Finalist--Fiction</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>
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