Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas surrounds Rennie Stroud and her home in Ellis, Colorado. Set during World War II, a internment camp known as Tallgrass is constructed for Japanese-Americans in the town. Through Rennie’s eyes we see the prejudices of her community, the strength of her family, the feelings of the imprisoned Japanese, and the horror of a murder that threatens to rip the town apart.
Rennie’s character gives the reader an ideal vantage to witness all that goes on in this small beet-farming town. Everyone has their own secrets, but the Stroud family remains strong. Sandra Dallas’ Tallgrass is a fresh look at this time in the country’s history.