Books by Paulette Jiles

SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2020

"Vividly evocative and steeped in American folkways: more great work from a master storyteller."
Jiles follows up National Book Award finalist News of the World (2016, etc.) with another atmospheric adventure in post-Civil War Texas. Read full book review >
NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting clichés through its empathy and through the depth of its major characters."
In post-Civil War Texas, a 10-year-old girl makes an odyssey back to her aunt and uncle's home after living with the Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four years earlier. Read full book review >
LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Jiles writes beautifully but paces the novel glacially."
A quest novel set in the future, when America has become a vast megalopolis divided into "Gerrymanders" and water is a scarce resource in a new "Drought Age." Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"A rousing, character-driven tale."
A novel of the Old West, based on the true story of Britt Johnson, a freed slave whose wife and family were stolen by Indians but eventually recovered. Read full book review >
STORMY WEATHER by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"If feisty Jeanine could find a vehicle with more horsepower, her return would be most welcome."
Girl grows up in the Depression-era Texas dustbowl in an evocative but ultimately lackluster second novel from Jiles (Enemy Women, 2001). Read full book review >
ENEMY WOMEN by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

A remarkable debut chronicles the challenges a young woman, falsely imprisoned as a spy during the Civil War, faces when her home is destroyed and her heart given to the enemy. Read full book review >
COUSINS by Paulette Jiles
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 1992

A no-nonsense midlife rites-of-passage chronicle by an acclaimed poet who finds love and long-lost kin as she seeks to understand her own past. Jiles, an American who went to Canada with her draft-avoiding lover in the 60's and stayed on to teach in the Arctic and write poetry, returns to Missouri in the late 1980's to bury her mother. There, at a horse-trading jamboree in the Ozark hills, she meets Jim Johnson, a Texan and retired colonel, a man ``full of experiences I've never had as well as information and data and books on military history I've never read.'' Attracted to each other, the two are nevertheless wary of commitment: Johnson, unhappy in a second marriage, still mourns his beloved first wife; Jiles, who has lived the life of a freedom-loving literary bohemian, is reluctant to settle down. They have serious political differences as well—Jim fought in Vietnam, Jiles was against the war. Curious about her Missouri cousins and the role of her father and grandfather in their lives, Jiles uses her questions about her family as a way for the two to get better acquainted. With an advance from her publisher, she and Johnson travel in a trailer around the South, catching up with family and history and finding true love as well. And love, Jiles learns, turns out to be just as good for older and perhaps wiser lovers. The family stories, however revealing of clan legends and loyalties, are secondary to the evolving love story, told with disarming candor and good humor. A heartwarming but refreshingly unsentimental account. Read full book review >