Simon the Fiddler

Paulette Jiles (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$27.99  $25.75
Publisher
William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
April 14, 2020
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.3 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062966742

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About the Author

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.

Reviews

"The reader is treated to a kind of alchemy on the page when character, setting and song converge at all the right notes, generating an authentic humanity that is worth remembering and celebrating."--New York Times
"Imbued with the dust, grit, and grime of Galveston at the close of the Civil War, Simon the Fiddler immerses readers in the challenges of Reconstruction. Jiles brings her singular voice to the young couple's travails, her written word as lyrical and musical as Simon's bow raking over his strings. Loyal Jiles readers and fans of Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge will adore the author's latest masterpiece."--Booklist (starred review)
"Vividly evocative and steeped in American folkways: more great work from a master storyteller."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Luminescent prose. . . . Jiles' timeworn territory provides a cozy escape.--Los Angeles Times
"Beautifully told with lyrical descriptions, the novel illuminates the everyday struggles of the era."--Christian Science Monitor
"Jiles's limber tale satisfies with welcome splashes of comedy and romance."--Publishers Weekly
"In Simon the Fiddler we once again accompany a cast of intriguing characters on a suspenseful Texas-based quest just after the Civil War. . . . A crackling-good adventure tale."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Jiles' sparse but lyrical writing is a joy to read. . . . A beautifully written book and a worthy follow-up to News of the World."--Associated Press
"[Jiles's] description of Simon and Doris traveling on separate journeys across the Texas landscape is superb, causing us to feel the elation and sense of possibility that rises in the hearts of man, woman and beast in setting out on the road."--Wall Street Journal
"Endearing . . . And when the final battle royal arrives in San Antonio, it's just the rousing ballad we want to hear."--Washington Post
"Jiles makes Texas in the 1800s hot and palpable for her readers, edgy and lawless, but the story also sings with melody."--Book Trib