03 May, 2017

News of the world by Paulette Jiles

Some jobs just don't exist anymore. Shortly after the American Civil War literacy was far from universal and even for those that could read there wasn't much printed material around.  Captain Kidd, a widower without family, travels around Texas giving public readings from newspapers.  Church and town halls fill as people are eager for novelty; to hear what strange folks in foreign places get up to.

 He is approached and asked to take a white girl 'rescued' from Kiowa Indians to her grandparents in San Antonio.  The difficulty is that Joanna has spent most of her short life with the Kiowa, has little English and no affinity for the family she lost when she was just a toddler.  She is feral!
This book gave me an insight into two facets of history that I had never considered before: American Indians stealing children and raising them and the paucity of entertainment relieved by travelling lecturers.

Author: Paulette Jiles

Reviewed by Christine O.

Christine O has worked in libraries on the North Shore for over 20 years.  She likes her fiction to be believable and her non-fiction to be accessible. 

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