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The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
The Color of Lightning is set in 1863, and freed slave Britt Johnson moves to the Texas plains with his wife and three children. Like other settlers, he assumes that the government's treaties with the Comanche and Kiowa mean that area is now safe from Indian raids. When Britt is away from home, a band of Kiowa kill his eldest son and take his wife and other two children captive. While Britt is determined to win their freedom, his wife and children must find a way to assimilate themselves into the Kiowa culture if they're to survive. Samuel Hammond is a Quaker and government agent who is sent to convince the Indians to stop their raids and accept new ways of living. The Indian tribes, though, see no reason to stop their way of life. Paulette Jiles's novel has received positive reviews with the Dallas Morning News saying, "Paulette Jiles has created a potent, harrowing story about real people with that genuine heroism that makes legendry pale by comparison."