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Author, Journalist, & Natural Artist

Read my debut novel
The Clearing

A novel that intertwines grief, love, nature, and wonder, The Clearing acts as a time capsule of the American Healthcare Crisis in the early 2000s, and honors the many families like Sadie's who had to make great sacrifices when illness struck.


"They say you lose your imagination when you get older, and I guess that’s what was happening. I was growing up, but I didn’t expect it to feel so sudden."

Praise for The Clearing

I may have sobbed my way through part of this book, processing everything right along with Sadie. I loved this debut novel and can't wait to share this with my book club when it's published. I look forward to reading more from Cassandra Kelly in the future. -- Debra J.

Libraries and readers seeking a story about different forms of family, love, support, and the impact of long-term medical crises will find The Clearing a vivid, memorable read that should attract a wide audience. -- The Midwest Book Review

I know this story will remain in my bookworm heart for years to come. -- Briah K.

This book had me laughing, smiling, and crying. A beautiful story and so well written - I read it all in one sitting! Couldn't put it down. This is a book that I will recommend to many friends. -- Devon M.

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