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Sandra Dallas
Adult Fiction DALLAS

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Sandra Dallas graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in journalism and began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. While a reporter, she began writing nonfiction which include Sacred Paint, which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award. Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published a number of novels including Buster Midnight's Cafe, Alice's Tulips, and Prayers For Sale. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for New Mercies, and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. In addition, she was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Award, and a four-time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Loyal Stroud
Hates the fact of a Japanese American relocation camp in his town; doesn't like having the enemy so close to his home; son and his farm hands are enlisted in the war; turns to the relocation camp for hires.

Rennie Stroud
Age: 14
Loyal and Mary's daughter; comes to love the Japanese American hired help; school friend found raped and murdered.

Mary Stroud
Loyal's wife; hires a Japanese American girl from the camp to help out around the house.

Japanese American
She and her brothers are hired to work at the Stroud farm.

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