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The Cascade Winners Paperback – March 9, 2014
About the Author
Hemlata Vasavada was born in Jodhpur, India, where she earned a master’s in philosophy. She immigrated to the United States in 1968 with her husband and their one-year-old daughter. She has been a Girl Scouts volunteer and an ESL tutor. She has conducted workshops through Literacy Volunteers of America to train tutors in English as a Second Language teaching techniques. She is a member of Skagit Valley Writers League where she has held offices of president, vice-president and treasurer. Her articles and humor essays have been published in The Seattle Times, Houston Chronicle, Syracuse Post Standard, Northwest Life & Times, Tea A Magazine, Everett Herald, anthologies of Skagit Writers, Khabar—a magazine for Indian-Americans and I Should Have Stayed Home—Food, anthology from RDR Books.
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As the story progresses, readers absorb the lives of four couples and their families, how they meet and how their lives progress. As the workers meet through their employment with Cascade Products, they bring various talents in engineering, accounting and management. They all live within proximity of Cedarville in northwest Washington.
When the company is sold to Eagle Energy, the four couples scatter to various parts of the country, but their deep friendship remains. A financial windfall allows the friends to purchase the company and for eight years they run Cascade Products to their satisfaction. The four couples face a frightening challenge when a merger appears to be their next logical step.
The Cascade Winners gives the readers insights on the inner workings of a successful company in the emerging business of the off-shore oil industry. Oil rigs have their inherent dangers and lives and valuable equipment depend on the integrity of construction and design. The engineers travel to various parts of the world, from South America, to Europe, to Japan, giving readers a taste of commerce, offshore engineering technology and relating business situations in these distant lands.
As decisions are made regarding business issues, personal lives are changed and molded to fit accordingly. The blending of lives and the health, relationships and business acumen of each individual is revealed, giving the reader insights and exposure to new and interesting situations. On some levels of this novel we can all relate: Change is hard and Nothing stays the same.
The Cascade Winners is an intriguing novel, one that presents business issues as they relate to people and their personal lives. In addition, the author describes the major news happenings of the day over the 46-year period and describes how these events affect the various characters.