Four Sparrows, book launch!

Nancy L. Roddick, age 19

My mom, Nancy Luscia Roddick, age 19

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. Since 2013 many things have happened. The most impactful was the sharp decline and death of my mother in August 2014 due to Alzheimer’s. This past weekend we finally buried her ashes with a brief committal service at the grave site. I think a part of me was waiting to finish that before completing other things.

In January I decided to self-publish my book using, part of Amazon. My novel crosses the genres of Ethnic Lit, Historical Americana, Film Noir, and Literary Fiction. A description from the back cover:

In 1850, Tomás travels from the Philippines to strike it rich in the California gold rush as a subconscious way to overcome racial barriers. In his struggle to gain legitimacy he progresses through various stages of racial identity development. He is not alone in this regard. John, an American, has remained in California after the Mexican War to police the camps. Cath has arrived from Ireland to escape her own experience with oppression. Jungdo, from China, suppresses a painful past brought on by his own cultural hegemony. All fight for legitimacy in an effort to continue their own way of life, at the risk of not living at all.

So April 12th my book titled Four Sparrows became available on for purchase! If you were intrigued by the previous blog post on Filipinos in the Gold Rush or are interested in seeing dynamics of racial identity development set in an exciting drama of the Gold Rush, you will enjoy this full-length novel.

A link above will take you to a list of bookstores and purchasing options. Happy reading! I hope it adds value to your day.


About Daniel Roddick

Daniel has a B.A. in American History with minors in both Ethnic Studies and Sociology. He also has an M.Ed. in College Administration and Counseling. Daniel has worked in the financial aid industry for over a decade. He has presented all over the country on financial aid issues related to equity, inclusion, and access to education. He is also a writer of poetry, fiction, and this blog, all of which touch on identity.
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3 Responses to Four Sparrows, book launch!

  1. Sounds great – and will this soon to be famous author be signing books any time soon.
    I’d love to have an autographed copy.

  2. Kathleen VALERIO says:

    I just place my order – can’t wait to read it.

    Yours truly,

    Kathleen Valerio, CalPact Coordinator *Talent & Organizational Performance*

    192 University Hall 2199 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94720-3540

    Ph 510 643-0452 @KathleenValeri0

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard *UC Berkeley *** reimagines the world ***by challenging convention ***to shape the future.*

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