The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
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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 Canada’s 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 Paulette Jiles

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An acclaimed poet, Paulette Jiles is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the bestselling novels Enemy Women and Stormy Weather. She lives on a small ranch west of San Antonio, Texas.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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The hero of Paulette Jiles’s elegiac novel of the Old West is a freed slave.

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Publishers Weekly

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The author of Stormy Weather and Enemy Women returns with a lively exploration of revenge, dedication and betrayal set mainly

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Book Reporter

Britt, unlike his Quaker foil --- the triumvirate of Britt, Tissoyo and Samuel is clearly meant to represent different poles of the frontier experience --- is a man of action;

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Bookmarks Magazine

NY Times Book Review 3.5 of 5 Stars"Paulette Jiles, an acclaimed poet as well as a novelist, lodges The Color of Lightning deep within this genre [of ‘Poet’s Western[s]’ as refined by Cormac McCarthy], packing her prose with inventive metaphor, luxuriant detail and flights of fierce, austere poet...

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APOOO Bookclub

Prior to reading her novel, I knew nothing of Britt Johnson so I commend her for spotlighting a slice of American (Texas, Native American, and African American) history — I was educated and entertained.

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