At every turn, this story square-dances with cliché, and at every turn it’s thrilling. Jiles, a poet as well as a novelist, has recognized that the best stories are the known ones, as long as they’re told entrancingly and grow ever stranger as they roll on through familiar territory. Mostly she manages this small miracle by keeping her story quietly ironic and exquisitely particular ... this exhilarating novel travels through its marvelous terrain so quickly that one is shocked, almost stricken, to reach the end. So do what I did: Read it again.
...[a] remarkably vivid and compelling adventure novel ... While Jiles is unafraid of sentiment, her ability to keep the plot tense and the dialogue understated creates a delicious tale of constant surprises ... Jiles’ prose sparkles. It is at the same time lush and direct ... Mysterious and masterful, “News of the World” delivers the same sense of exotic wonder to us that the Captain’s articles bring to the frontier Texans.
...a joy to read: haunting, transporting and full of historical grit ... Just as readers who completed the book Lonesome Dove started up the trail again with Gus and Call, the author's strong, atmospheric writing invites a return to this period when Texans were not allowed to carry handguns outside the home and the characters, even Kidd's horses Fancy and Pasha, seem like living presences ... [a] poignant, affecting and humorous journey.