A generational family saga

Cassandra's Daughter

It's 1914. And an adventurous sixteen-year-old Bessie Coughlin stands on the deck of the RMS Lapland, sailing from Ireland to the United States, eager to leave a decimated family history behind and enjoy a future of hope and vitality in the Irish community of Portland, Maine. But change doesn't come with any guarantees, and her daughter Cora suffers a horrific assault.

By 1995, Bessie's great-granddaughter Cassandra is nearly invisible in a bustling Chicago, where she buries herself in her work, disconnected from her mother and the world around her. When she stumbles upon information indicating she may not know the truth about her family, she seeks to wrest the stories from the graves of her mother and grandmother.

Will Cassandra be able to find the truth and begin her own healing?

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Clara's Journal: And the Story of Two Pandemics

Clara’s Journal is a story of a young woman living on the Great Plains in the early 1900s, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and a time of incredible importance to US history. Eighteen-year-old Clara Mae Horen lives on a small farm near Cresbard, South Dakota, and bears witness to young friends and neighbors dying from deadly flu. Clara records these deaths and shares details of her daily life in her personal journal. All the while, the world is embroiled in World War I, the fight for women’s suffragette and the 19th Amendment, the expansion of transcontinental railroads, the implementation of the 17th Amendment, Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations Tour, the Omaha 1919 race riots, and the conditions of Lakota Sioux on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

Using the journal of her grandaunt, author Vickie Oddino weaves a fascinating story of life in the early 20th century and draws comparisons to the pandemic we are living through today. Enjoy a step back in time as we explore a community devastated by the 1918 influenza and a people who have more in common with us than we might suspect.

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About the Author

Vickie Oddino has been writing nonfiction narratives and essays since the early 2000s. This is her first full-length nonfiction book. Although she has now turned her attention to writing full time, she was an English professor for twenty-five years in Los Angeles, teaching courses in composition, literature, journalism, and business writing. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master of Art in English Literature at California State University-Northridge.

She recently moved to Chicago and has two grown children, a daughter also in Chicago and a son in Los Angeles. Her current roommate is the family dog, Captain, who the kids talked her into adopting ten years ago. When she isn’t writing, she is exploring the city with her camera, traveling in search of adventure, or enjoying time with friends and family. 

Vickie Oddino
Entrepreneur, Writer and Speaker

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Chapter 1: Win back your time

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Chapter 2: Work less, do more

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Chapter 3: Improve your habits

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Chapter 4: Building a system

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Chapter 5: Delegate

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Chapter 6: Next Steps

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