I hope this is not cheating, since it is my first attempt at both Sunday Salon and Literary Road Trip.
I had read several popular Colorado authors in the past, but for the Road Trip, I wanted to try someone new. Sandra Dallas is a Denver author, who has written a really fascinating book, “Tallgrass”.
A shameful time in America’s past is in the spotlight in this book, the interment of American born people of Japanese descent, after Pearl Harbor. Based on a real camp located in Colorado, it is the story, as told by 13 year old Rennie Stroud, a beet farmers daughter, of the turmoil and suspicion, surrounding the imprisonment of American citizens, based on their race. When one of Rennie’s fiends is brutally murdered and raped, suspicion immediately falls on the Japanese/Americans. The small town becomes a powder keg, just waiting for the spark that sets it off.
A really interesting look at a time when people did not know who to trust, who the real enemy was, and who their neighbors truly are.
This week I got a free audio book (my first) Paranoia by Joe Finder. Silly me, I thought it would be something to listen to while I drift off to sleep. Little did I know how exciting and terrific it would be.
Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich arrived, and I am embarrassed to say I’m not sure if it came from the publisher or a giveaway.
The Lie by Fredrica Wagman arrived from the publisher, and I just got started on it.