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Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat 9:30-10:30 am

When:
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM
Where:
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St. S.

Category:
Social
Registration is not Required

Join us to discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It’s 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings 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’s 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 10-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south 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. 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. 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.

 

If you’d like to read ahead, October’s book is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Marsha Blumenthal.