Paulette Jiles' new novel is showing up on lists for notable and best novels of the year 2016. That's not surprising. "News of the World" perfectly captures Texas just after the Civil War, two memorable characters and Indian territory to the north in a terrific story.
Timing is everything, and for Caroline Gordon that was particularly true for her novel about the American Civil War. Had she published "None Shall Look Back" prior to 1936, some believe her Southern war story would've trumped Margaret Mitchell's classic. I wanted to read Gordon's novel and find out for myself. Here's the outcome.