The Borderland by Edwin Shrake
A Novel of Texas

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In this epic novel, veteran writer Edwin Shrake explores the feuds and alliances among Americans, Mexicans, and Indians, the political treachery, and the tales of fortune-hungry settlers that combine to tell the story of how Texas was born. Set in the blossoming frontier town of Austin, The Borderland focuses on the lives of Romulus and Cullasaja Swift, the half-Cherokee offspring of two forward-thinking parents who have come to Texas from New York; of Henry Longfellow, a rapacious lawyer; and of Captain Matthew Caldwell, a Texas Ranger whose eccentric ways are matched only by his fierce bravery.
 

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Edwin "Bud" Shrake was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 6, 1931. He served in the Army and received a degree in English and Philosophy from Texas Christian University. He was a sports writer for Fort Worth and Dallas newspapers before becoming a roving correspondent for Sports Illustrated. He was the author of several novels and three nonfiction books including Blessed McGill, Strange Peaches, Land of the Permanent Wave, and Harvey Penick's Little Red Book. He also wrote under the pen name of Bud Shrake. He wrote several screenplays including Nightwing, Kid Blue, and Songwriter. He died of cancer on May 8, 2009 at the age of 77.
 
Published April 5, 2000 by Hachette Books. 432 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All three become entangled with Matthew Caldwell, a bright, lethal frontiersman who is a captain in the newly formed Texas Rangers, trying to preserve Texas from another Mexican invasion and the plots of a variety of shabby politicians attempting to loot or exploit the new nation.

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Tall tales combine with authentic historical characters in this rambling novel by the author of The Blessed McGill, describing the dramatic formative years of Texas. In the frontier town of Austin, th

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Tall tales combine with authentic historical characters in this rambling novel by the author of The Blessed McGill, describing the dramatic formative years of Texas.

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Read an ExcerptTexas author Edwin Shrake sets his epic novel in the frontier town of Austin, Texas in 1839.

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