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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Where Grass Grows High: And Slavers' Hounds Don't Howl by Nancy Glenn Powell is a non-fiction book on the life and family of Samuel Glenn, one of her ancestors that lived during the Civil War times. This book follows his story based on the memories and tales handed down by subsequent generations and is thus a fictionalized historical narrative. Samuel is a white American living in the South in the pre-Civil War days. Noting the onset of the war and the effect it could have on his family, he decides to move to Arkansas. Soon, Samuel and his family settle in Arkansas and accounts are given of their experiences and life living on the farm. As war approaches, his sons join the battle as the entire country is affected. This is the story of their lives.
While Where Grass Grows High: And Slavers' Hounds Don't Howl is a historical account of one of Nancy’s ancestors, the depiction of the events of those times have been fictionalized, as is the addition of some characters. Still, Nancy has tried to keep the essence of the story intact while also asking for updates or corrections in the introduction, which I appreciated. It is interesting to read about life in those times of an actual family with their daily lives and worries through the Civil War. Nancy writes engagingly of the period and her writing style retains clarity and attention to small details. I also liked reading the short biographies of some family members at the end of the book because that provides some insight into how their lives eventually turned out. This is an interesting work of historical non-fiction.