During Word War II, a family fnds 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 her town as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has p...more
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From the blurb: “Part thriller, part historical novel.”
I beg to differ. There is nothing about this that would put it in the category of “thriller.” In my opinion “historical novel” is stretching it as well. Inspired by historical events might fit. Some reviews and endorsements have also suggested that this could be considered in the same company with To Kill A Mockingbird. Again, perhaps inspired by, with scenes and characters mirrored from that treasure of a novel is my takeaway.
It was ne ...more
Deliver she did. Only two or three pages in and I was hooked (the hallmark of a good book.) Unlike with some of her previous novels there are no quirky characters here, which is fitting as the subject matter does not warrant it. The central characters are likable. Rennie, the story's na ...more
Speaking of being disappointed, I'm trying to get through _Tallgrass_ by Sandra Dallas. I can't believe how the author stretches the book out with descriptions of boring domestic routines which can hold no possible interest for anyone. For example: "The boys had finished their coffee, and Carl took their cups to the sink, washed them, and put them into the dish drainer... Dad ... standing up and reaching for his plaid wool jacket on a hook beside t ...more
But the taste was not. I don't know if t ...more
I enjoyed the characters in this book especially Rennie an ...more
Normally, I finish a new book in a few days, and this one took me about that long, though it's short. I had a hard time picking it up. It sat there on my bedside table, and every night I'd settle down and look ...more
Sandra Dallas does ...more
The pace and feel of this book reminded me of Haruf's "Plainsong". Unfortunate and very real predicaments and how members of small towns handle them with stride among a typical small town mentality.
My favorite character was the mother, Mary. She always did right by herself, her family, and what was right despite the severe prejudices held ...more
The story is narrated by a young girl named Rennie Stroud, and the story takes place in the early part of 1942, not long after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Rennie tells the story what happened the summer she turned thirteen when the Japanes ...more
But she's using these experiences as a backdrop to her narrative and culling a Scout-esque narrator in fairly flawed way. This is first-person omniscient, somehow, with parts of the story revealed that the narrator never observes.
Also in the interview, the author is asked why the Japanese ...more
I enjoyed this book despite the amount of prejudice, hatred and unlikable characters that populated this book! That is because the main characters were so strong and good. There were a ray of sunshine in a dark, troubled time in our history. I have read about the concentration camps for the Japanese and have been appalled that our nation - indivisible, with liberty and justice for all - was so divided! I have always wondered also why there were not camps for people of German descent but there we ...more
A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff ...more