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In 1863, as the War Between the States creeps inevitably toward its bloody conclusion, former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson ventures west into unknown territory with his wife, Mary, and their three children, searching for a life and a future. But their dreams are abruptly shattered by a brutal Indian raid upon the Johnsons' settlement while Britt is away establishing a business. Returning to find his friends and neighbors slain or captured, his eldest son dead, his beloved and severely damaged Mary enslaved, and his remaining children absorbed into an alien society that will never relinquish its hold on them, the heartsick freedman vows not to rest until his family is whole again.

A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post-Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history.

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“Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted.... This is glorious work.” — Washington Post

“A gripping, deeply relevant book.” — New York Times Book Review

 From Paulette Jiles, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Enemy Women and Stormy Weather, comes a stirring work of fiction set on the untamed Texas frontier in the aftermath of the Civil War. One of only twelve books longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize—one of Canadas most prestigious literary awards—The Color of Lightning is a beautifully rendered and unforgettable re-examination of one of the darkest periods in U.S. history.

About the Author

Paulette Jiles is a poet and the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the bestselling novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, and The Color of Lightning. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.

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a NW reader, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by a NW reader)
This novel tells an exciting and dynamic tale based on a true story that took place in Texas during the American Civil War. It is superbly written. You will care about the characters - black, white and Native-American. I have not read a contemporary novel better than this one.
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Ronald B Gould, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Ronald B Gould)
Outstanding book. A must read.
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Diane Blake, July 13, 2010 (view all comments by Diane Blake)
I am always looking for historical novels, especially those about the American West,
so this book was perfect for me! It tells the story of Britt Johnson, a free Black man
who immigrates to Texas as the Civil War nears its end. When his wife and children are
captured during an Indian attack, Johnson's life takes an un expected turn; he sets
out to find his family and return them home. The context of Johnson's story is the settling
of Texas and the conflict this sets off with the Indian tribes populating the
area. In some ways, this novel tells a story that has been told many times before, but the
author writes a compelling personal story that is supported by a wealth of historical detail.
I found The Color of Lightning to be both an enjoyable and informative read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061690457
Author:
Jiles, Paulette
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.94x5.46x.94 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , “Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted.... This is glorious work.” — Washington Post

“A gripping, deeply relevant book.” — New York Times Book Review

 From Paulette Jiles, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Enemy Women and Stormy Weather, comes a stirring work of fiction set on the untamed Texas frontier in the aftermath of the Civil War. One of only twelve books longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize—one of Canadas most prestigious literary awards—The Color of Lightning is a beautifully rendered and unforgettable re-examination of one of the darkest periods in U.S. history.

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