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Publisher's Summary

During World War II, a family's life is 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".

Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 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.

©2007 Sandra Dallas (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2008

"Poignant." (Booklist)
"Compelling....Dallas' terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good story, history, Mystery, combination

Would you consider the audio edition of Tallgrass to be better than the print version?

Yes. I think a book is better than the movie and audible is better than the book

What did you like best about this story?

Narration brought the characters to life

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Another good one!

I enjoyed this story and found it interesting. I love this time period and seeing how characters adjust to tension and change associated with other cultures/ races moving into their world.

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Very Good story!

I enjoyed the story and the narrative. Lots of factual information and emotion of characters keeps you listening.

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Great book! listened while traveling by auto.

Good narration, easy listening, story with real life struggles to stay ahead.

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Good read and story.

I found the story well written and the characters were so well developed. I will be reading more books by Sandra Dallas. I also thought the narrator was perfect.

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Very enjoyable!

I very much enjoyed the characters in this story and the strong main family. The historical aspects were also very interesting and realistic. It held my attention and there was even some suspense.

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Excellent historical fiction for women AND men

Tallgrass is the fictional tale / mystery about an internment camp (aka prison) for Japanese – Americans in WWII. The camp is out on the eastern (flat) plains of Colorado (just where a real one was located), very different from the lush, fertile farmland in California where many of the inhabitants lived prior to being forcibly removed by the U.S. government. Sandra Dallas, a commercially very successful novelist (many movie options too). was a 30+ year reporter for Business Week located in Denver.

The story is told through the eyes of a young (13 to 16) woman but this is not a young adult book. Ms. Dallas' reporter training show through in neat and accurate historical details. There is an afterword exchange between the author and excellent narrator Lorelei King in which Ms. Dallas admits to being more fluent in writing about the lives of women. However, Tallgrass does feature a man, the young girl’s father, in a leading role.

Beyond recommending this book to women (duh!), I’d suggest it to any man who enjoys historical fiction, fiction about the west, or fiction about WWII … or to men like me who simply enjoy very well thought out and written stories based on the details, emotions and relationships of life.

If you enjoy historical fiction about the US West but have had enough of cowboys, one of my top 3 recommendations is another of Ms. Dallas' books, Prayers for Sale. It is about mining camps above 8,000 feet in the Rockies in the 1880's.

Enjoy.

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Loved it.

Informative as well as entertaining. It was a joy to "get to know" the brave Stroud family and to learn about life on a Colorado farm. Rennie Stroud was the perfect narrator for the story. Most importantly, Tallgrass gave me an increased appreciation for-- and a more informed perspective on--the heartbreaking plight of the Japanese-American people during WW II. Their ancestors should be proud of the way they conducted themselves in the face of the injustices they suffered.

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Authentic story set in rural Colorado

Memorable tale of farmers and interned Japanese families during WWIi.

Sad to hear mispronounced Colorado places.



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  • Damon
  • CROSSETT, AR, United States
  • 02-08-11

Close to home...

With an internment camp just about 60 miles away from us in Arkansas, and the history of it so familiar here, this was a special treat to us. We loved this novel because it opened the lives up in the history of places like this. A great story and slightly different from some of her other novels...this one was close to home in time and geography, and also in comparison to issues today with cultural stigmas.

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