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Paulette Jiles

USA flag (b.1943)

Paulette Jiles is a poet and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the bestselling novel Enemy Women. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Genres: Historical
   Waterloo Express (poems) (1973)
   Celestial Navigation (poems) (1984)
   Blackwater (1988)
   The Jesse James poems (poems) (1988)
   Song to the Rising Sun (1989)
   Flying Lesson (poems) (1995)
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Paulette Jiles recommends
The Madstone (2023)
Elizabeth Crook
"A multilayered tale . . . Benjamin Shreve, the teenage narrator of The Which Way Tree, unspools his tale of Civil War-era Texas in a voice that is utterly convincing, consistent, and believable. Crook never slips out of that voice for a moment. This is no small feat given that the tale involves Benjamin's demented half sister, the infamous massacre of Union-sympathizing German immigrants by local Confederates, and a giant panther. Any first-person voice involving a young Southern boy invites comparisons to Huck Finn. But dialects have complexities and Crook appears to be a master of them. Benjamin's voice swings between the rhythms of the Southern hills and the lofty, elevated tone encountered in Twain and contemporary Westerns . . . His speech can switch from hyperbole to understatement in the same sentence--and it is a wonderfully deadpan understatement . . . The language is arresting . . . The Which Way Tree is a commendable and very readable addition to the tale-spinning tradition and its beautiful use of language."
Where Coyotes Howl (2023)
Sandra Dallas
"Addictive. Highly recommended!."
Painting the Light (2021)
Sally Cabot Gunning
"Well researched and beautifully written, this captivating novel tells the remarkable story of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter caught up in two families’ secrets. Highly recommended."

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