After an adolescence as a Comanche captive, Eli McCullough – the first boy born in the Republic of Texas – grows up to be an obsessively ambitious patriarch in Philip Meyer's century-spanning western epic.
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December 6: "I watched him plant a weeping willow in the backyard. It seemed to symbolize his sorrow for the direction our country had taken."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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