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In Borders in Paradise, James White takes us first to depression-era Southern California, where we are quickly plunged into a setting of palm trees and wealth versus the trials and tribulations of a displaced Texas family. Next, it’s on to the blistering heat of Arizona’s southern border. White has researched both areas and the era well, especially the history of the U.S. Border Patrol and the pre-WWII U.S. Army. And he has brought us a cast of original and believably flawed characters.
(Toni Morgan, author of 'Patrimony,' 'Two-Hearted Crossing' and many other books)
James White has written a story that sets the stage to capture the myth and glamour of the American West in the years leading up to World War II. Then, with sleight of hand, he lifts the curtain and shows the unvarnished truth behind his characters’ motives and actions. In Borders in Paradise, the reader is treated to memorable scenes that appear to secure us in the nostalgia of a bygone era, yet time and again sets us loose in real life, which is often messy, unpleasant and even violent. Under the surface, the glitz of Hollywood, the grit of the U.S. Border Patrol, and the grind of the U.S. Army on the verge of war are revealed to be more alike than we might imagine.
Paperback: 238 pages
Publishing date: November 8, 2018
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
James White learned the magic of story-telling at an early age. Made-up stories told around a camp fire or while enduring long car trips remain cherished childhood memories which he retold to his children. The stories and their many variations continue to influence his writing. Later in life, he inherited his family's trove of letters, covering everything from world events to daily life since the 1920's, and he has put the letters to work; adding amusing and sometimes poignant depth to his stories and their characters.
After thirty years writing for the wrong reasons, James said good bye to a technical writing career in Silicon Valley and started writing for himself. He discovered he had a lot to write about; a Master's in American History, a Viet Nam veteran, a high school teacher, technical writer, librarian, laborer, sailor, proud father and devoted husband.
James and his poet wife, Becky, make their home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they've lived, off and on, since the 1970s. He is currently at work on a prequel to Borders In Paradise. Previous publications include ‘Unified Field,’ Chronoscope Magazine, ‘Chassy,’ The Wapshott Press in their journal, Storylandia, Vol. 24, February, 2018, and ‘Vistula,’ scheduled for publication in The Wapshott Press’ Storylandia, Vol. 27, Summer, 2018. James is currently at work on a prequel to Borders In Paradise.