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The Olson Journey

The Olson Trilogy by Ann Hanigan Kotz

Follow Ann Hanigan Kotz's journey in writing the Olson series. See excerpts from her newest novel. (photo of the Loess Hills by Julie Christensen Brown.)

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The Journey of Karoline Olsen

Book 1 of the Olsen Series


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Sons and Daughters

The Legacy of Karoline Olsen

With her husband freshly buried, Karoline Olsen now shoulders the twin burdens of raising her large brood of children, including the one she carries in her belly, and managing a difficult farm life by herself in the Loess Hills. Spanning 1905 to 1933, the second installment of the Olsen series brings major world events—WWI, the Spanish Flu, Prohibition, Suffrage, and the Great Depression—to Iowa, impacting the lives of the Soldier inhabitants, including the Olsens.  

Karoline struggles to keep her children safe and close to their Norwegian roots in the face of pressure to remarry again. She can only watch as one by one her adult children are forced to endure the difficult choices in life, love, marriage, and business, leaving each of them with scars that may never heal. The Lunatic, the Gambler, the Whore, the Teacher, the Entrepreneur, and the Farmer are all titles affixed to these once-innocent children of Kristoffer and Karoline Olsen.

A continuing chronicle of the Olsen family’s survival, Sons and Daughters is the tale of a widowed woman fighting to preserve a legacy, carve her own path amid tragedy and historic hardship, and guide six first-generation American children who are discovering their own identities in a rapidly changing world.

Ann Hanigan Kotz’s second novel of love, loss, violence, and identity once again connects her own family’s ancestors with a vision from the past.

Release Date: Fall/Winter 2023
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An Apology to My Students

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Starting a New Book

I wrapped up my third book and finished my own edits on the second book, so it's time to get going on the fourth novel. This one moves...

Getting Ready to Launch

Who knew getting one little book ready for release is such a complicated process? I just signed off on my new book jacket (snazzy, huh?)...

The Wayward Author

I'm terrible at a lot of things-- anything sports related, letting my husband teach me to golf, making pie crusts-- but apparently I'm...

The Letter....

According to my publisher, I need to put the letter into the 2nd edition of The Longest Journey. So, I have decided that to be fair to my...

Finally out of the mud

I have been stuck for weeks. I have two characters, Gunda (Goon•da) and Alex, left to write. I have known that Gunda would be a teacher,...

Not Yet a Poker Queen

I've gotten myself into an area of life of which I know nothing-- poker. ♦️ This book, as well as the last in the trilogy, rely on one...

Getting into my Norwegian

John and I spent two days in Decorah, a very Norwegian town. I wanted to visit Vesterheim, the Norwegian museum to educate myself a...

I've never played poker!

Spent time on the web, learning how to play poker. Seven-card Stud! It's not as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I'd have to...

I'm not a drug addict!

I've been doing some research on drug addiction in the 1900s, and every time I look up information, a counselor pops up asking me if I...

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