Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, February 57:00—8:30 PMSchoolhouseNorfolk Public Library139 Main Street, Norfolk, MA, 02056

Spend an enjoyable Tuesday evening at the library with people who share similar interests. This is a general book discussion group that explores a variety of contemporary and retrospective fiction as well as selected non-fiction titles. This group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise noted) and is facilitated by Tamara Dalton. New members are always welcome to attend. For more information contact Tamara Dalton tdalton@sailsinc.org / 508-528-3380 x8

February's Title: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Amazon Summary:

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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