An essential American novel from Sandra Dallas, an unparalleled writer of our history, and our deepest emotions...
During World War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers.
This is Tallgrass as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.
Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest--and best--parts of the human heart.
An ugly murder is central to this compelling historical, but the focus is on one appealing family, the Strouds, in the backwater town of Ellis, Colo. Soon after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government rounded up all the Japanese residents of the West Coast and shipped them off to "internment camps" for the duration of the war. One of the camps is Tallgrass, based on an actual Colorado camp, as Dallas (The Chili Queen) explains in her acknowledgments. The major discomforts and petty indignities these (mostly) American citizens had to endure are viewed through the clear eyes of a young girl who lives on a nearby farm, Rennie Stroud. Rennie's obvious love of family slowly extends itself to the Japanese house and field helpers the Strouds receive permission to hire. The final surprise is the who and why of the murder itself. Dallas's terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat. Author tour.
Incredible Writer...but BAD Editing!
This was a suburb story. The only reason reason I rated this a 4 star instead of 5, was due to the incredible amount of misspelled words. I have been an avid reader all of my life, and never have I read a book with misspelled words, and especially with this many. Someone have should proof read this book before publishing. This incredible writer of this beautiful novel deserved a better editor!
I really enjoyed this book. It really kept me interested. I enjoy reading about different time periods. The one complaint I have is not about the story, but about the many errors in spelling throughout the whole book. Whoever did the typing (or whatever they do) for iBooks, did a horrible job. That is one of my pet peeves for books, and it shouldn't matter that it is on iBooks or in a regular book. I don't like paying for something with so many spelling errors!
The book was good. I was surprised by all the typos in the iBook. There was a typo on almost every page. Wonder who was supposed to be doing the job of editing?