By Sandra Dallas.
During World War II, a family finds life turned upside-down when the government opens a Japanese American internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes turn to the newcomers. Rennie has just turned thirteen, and until this time, life has been predictable and fair. But the winds of change are coming and with them, a shift in her perspective and a discovery of 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.
The author says, "I first visited Amache, the World War II Japanese relocation camp near Granada, Colorado, that Iíve renamed Tallgrass, on a pheasant-hunting trip in 1961. Later, I found out that my University of Denver journalism classes were held in an old Amache barracks building that had been moved to the campus. It wasnít until 2005, however, that I considered the disgraceful saga of Japanese internment during World War II as a subject for a novel...I moved to Denver in 1945, the year that Amache closed, and Iíve known a number of Japanese American evacuees who were interned at Amache as well as at Heart Mountain in Wyoming, two of the 10 relocation camps in the U.S. Iím grateful to them for sharing their experiences."
Paper: 336 pp.