Where Grass Grows High

And Slavers' Hounds Don't Howl

Non-Fiction - Historical
236 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2019
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Author Biography


Nancy Glenn Powell is married, and the mother of two children. She is a member of the Church of Christ, River Valley Writers of Fort Smith, Greenwood Writers, Roundtable Poets of Arkansas, and OWFI. She retired from the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas with 29 years of service as Traffic Coordinator and is now pursuing her dreams of writing.
Nancy grew up on an Arkansas farm with seven siblings, therefore, she is familiar with farm life and work which helped enable her to write about family and hardships during the Civil War.
Nancy has six published books. The first three are based on her mother’s life. Dark Secrets, (originally called Ollie’s Angels) won first place in the 2010 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc, (OWFI) Mainstream Novel Contest. Angels for All won third place in the 2010 OWFI nonfiction category. It tells the story of an Arkansas farm family during the Great Depression. Listen for the Angels tells the hardships of a farm family during the drought years following the Great Depression. The Keepers Series—Whom Shall I Fear, Protecting the Innocent, and Pursued are inspirational suspense novels with a human trafficking theme. Nancy has also won several awards for short stories and poetry.

    Book Review

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.

Ben McNew

I have just finished reading Where the Grass Grows High, and I enjoyed it very much. You captured and portrayed many emotions, aspirations, hardships, and other elements of human existence in a way that demands attention.

When I started reading, I did not want to stop. Some of the names and places were familiar to me, and I am old enough to remember many of the tools, foods, and predicaments described.