June's book club selection is "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles. An old, itinerant veteran travels through north Texas in the 1870's reading the "news of the world" to eager audiences. He begrudgingly takes on the job of bringing a young orphan girl, whose frontier parents were killed by Kiowa raiders, to her relatives in southern Texas. The journey is fraught with difficulties, from threatening outlaws, to the challenges of trying to communicate with Johanna, who has lost the English language and is resistant to returning to her relatives. But these two souls, both who've been "othered" in very different ways, form a poignant bond that is tested by a final terrible dilemma. As the novel's description says: "unfolding in gorgeous prose, 'News of the World' is a vivid portrait that captures a beautiful and hostile land, and a masterful exploration of the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust."
* If you are intrigued while reading, there is also an interesting recommended non-fiction companion piece to the novel. In the afterword, the author encourages "anyone interested in the psychology of children captured and adopted by Native American tribes on the frontier [to] read Scott Zesch's book 'The Captured'".
FCC Member Mike Magdalenski is facilitating this group, and Tracey Stephens will be hosting at her home. We'd like to make it both a literary and social evening, so we invite contributions of light refreshments and beverages as well. We'll gather at 7:00 with some social time and begin book discussion at 7:30pm.
Please contact Mike to RSVP by Sunday, June 17th: email@example.com