News of the World
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News of the World


In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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.

Title:News of the World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:209 pages

    News of the World Reviews

  • Brina
    Oct 29, 2016

    It is 1870. Reconstruction era Texas is governed by a combination of outlaws and bandits and bordered on by Native Americans. Enter Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd. A veteran of three wars, he uses both h...

  • Angela M
    Sep 17, 2016

    Every once in a while a character comes along that leaves that indelible mark on my heart that will make me think about them for a long time and think that if this were a real person, I'd want them in...

  • Will Byrnes
    Nov 11, 2015

    The Latest News and Articles from the Major Journals Of The Civilized Word Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd Will Read a Compendium From Selected Newspapers At 8: 00 P.M. At The Broadway Playhouse Captain ...

  • Jen
    Jan 14, 2017

    Magnificent. I was rendered speechless upon finishing. Needed time to dry my tears and gather my thoughts.What an adventure this was to read.Captain Kidd is a seasoned man who reads the world news to ...

  • Elyse
    Dec 18, 2015

    The year is 1870. The Civil War has ended. "News of the World" is a heartfelt story. A young 10 year girl, Johanna, gets introduced to Captain Kidd, in Wichita Falls.Their relationship together - and ...

  • Candi
    Jan 05, 2017

    "He had the appearance of wisdom and age and authority, which was why his readings were popular and the reason the dimes rang into his coffee can. When they read his handbills men abandoned the saloon...

  • Iris P
    Jan 12, 2017

    News of the World★★★★★ 5 Stars!*******************************************Once in a while readers of fiction can hope to experience this series of fortunate events: A friend recommends a gr...

  • Diane S ?
    Aug 17, 2015

    This book dang near broke my heart...... but in a good way and solely due to the authors expertise in creating two wonderful characters with a unique relationship. captain Kidd, travels Northern Texas...

  • Larry Hoffer
    Mar 20, 2017

    Definitely 4.5 stars, maybe slightly more.Yeah, I'm late to the party on this one.I'm man enough to admit I didn't read this before now because I was misinformed. For some reason I mistakenly believed...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jul 09, 2016

    The Civil War is just ending and Captain Jefferson Kidd is traveling through Texas reading the newspapers to people. He won't read them local news because everyone gets riled up and the shooting might...