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BCO Book Club

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Our 4th book

News of the World

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Jiles is a Canadian, born in Missouri and currently living in San Antonio. She has won several awards for both poetry and prose, including the Governor-General's Award for her 1984 book of poetry, Celestial Navigation, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for 2002's Enemy Women, another post-U.S. Civil War novel set in Texas. 

Jiles's poetic background is obvious in News of the World, in her vividly detailed and effortlessly evocative descriptions of the harsh Texas countryside, but she is also a dab hand with characters, minor and major. I was pulling for Kidd and Johanna all the way, of course, but even the supporting characters are memorable and well drawn.

But for all the harshness of the landscape and the dire situations confronting the two central characters, there is a strong underpinning of humanity throughout the novel, a sense of community, family and friendship, and a great deal of sly hum0r as well. The U.S. Old West is an iconic place in our imaginations and News of the World is a first-rate addition to the canon.

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