Paulette Jiles new novel, "The Color of Lightning" enjoys a review in the New York Times.
"HOW THE WEST WAS WON"
The review begins: "The hero of Paulette Jiles's third novel is a historical figure, a freed slave whose journey into the Texas Panhandle to rescue his wife and children — abducted not by slave traders but by Indians — derives from oral histories supported by a few traces of documentation. The novel begins in 1863 and ends in 1871, a few years before the local Indians were subdued and confined to reservations, and the great southern buffalo herd was annihilated, forever changing the land."
And in the Texas Monthly http://www.texasmonthly.com/preview/2009-04-01/bookrev