At long last, News of the World by Paulette Jiles hits library shelves today! We've been ranting and raving about this book for over a year now and it has been a true pleasure to witness the initial buzz snowball into a veritable frenzy.
News of the World follows an aging war veteran who takes a job transporting an orphaned little girl across post-Civil War Texas to her adoptive aunt and uncle. Nuanced, deeply-felt characters, rich historical detail, and an unflagging sense of adventure mix with Paulette's beautiful prose to create a reading experience you won't soon forget.
See below for some of the amazing librarian love and trade reviews News of the World has garnered. It was also voted by librarians across the country as the #1 LibraryReads pick for October. Oh, AND it has been longlisted for the National Book Award. We have a feeling this book is just getting started and can't wait to see what else is in store. To celebrate its publication, we will send a copy to the first FIVE people to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"My respect for Paulette Jiles grows with every novel she writes, and News of the World is her best work yet...She writes with great clarity, understanding, and a forgiving heart." —Nancy Pearl, librarian, bestselling author, literary critic
"News of the World has everything. Stupendous writing, characters that get under your skin and burrow deep into your heart, great pacing, and an ending that makes you cry with joy and relief....I feel sorry for the book I read next. News of the World is a hard act to follow." —Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Library, Raleigh, NC
"The language is lyrical and spare and wonderfully evocative, so that by the end of the book, readers will have a hard time returning to the contemporary world. Surely one of the best books of the year." —Vicki Nesting, Assistant Director, St. Charles Parish Public Library
“Jiles’ lyrical style and minimal punctuation allow the reader to become immersed in the dusty Texan landscape, witnessing the anguish, fear, compassion, and joy in the unlikely pair’s journey.” —Booklist starred review
“This Western is not to be missed by Jiles’s fans and lovers of Texan historical fiction.” —Library Journal
“Jiles delivers a taut, evocative story of post-Civil War Texas in this riveting drama of a redeemed captive of the Kiowa tribe....Jiles unfolds the stories of the Captain and Johanna, past and present, with the smooth assuredness of a burnished fireside tale, demonstrating that she is a master of the western.” —Publishers Weekly