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News of the world : a novel

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"In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers 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, forming 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"--

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Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION JILES B&T (Text)
Fiction
31011151291192
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Hendrick Hudson Free Library JILES, PAULETTE (Text)
Fiction
31016151588901
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Irvington Public Library FIC JILES, P (Text)
Fiction
31012154327652
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John C. Hart Memorial Library FICTION (Text)
Fiction
31030154578462
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Katonah Village Library FICTION JILES (Text)
Fiction
31013151689854
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Katonah Village Library FICTION JILES (Text)
Paperback
31013151715675
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Larchmont Public Library JILES (Text)
Fiction
31014152880898
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Lewisboro Library FICTION JILES (Text)
Fiction
31032151265812
Available
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Mamaroneck Public Library District FICTION (Text)
Fiction
31015152136629
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Mount Pleasant Public Library FIC JILES (Text)
Fiction
31024153137941
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