New Memoir Presents Great Depression, World War II as Perspective of Child
Author Billie H. Wilson's new memoir, "Bug Swamp's Gold" (published by WestBow Press), presents a fresh perspective of the past, as seen through the eyes of a spirited South Carolina girl who witnesses the trials of the 1930s and '40s firsthand.
Set during the Great Depression and World War II, "Bug Swamp's Gold" follows the first 12 years of Wilson's life on her family's tobacco farm in South Carolina. Together with her brother, Jack, she explores the tidewater region of her coastal home. At night she and Jackie-Boy sit with Grandma Nettie, who fills their imaginations with wonder and awe.
As the family faces the hardships of the Depression and war, Wilson's parents' greatest fear is that they will lose their farm. With the help of their church community and their faith in God, they are able to find a solution as the United States finds an ending to the war in Europe and the Pacific.
Teeming with colorful imagery depicting Wilson's childhood home, "Bug Swamp's Gold" captures what Wilson believes to be a simpler time, before entertainment came in a box. She hopes to leave readers with a sense of nostalgia.
An excerpt from "Bug Swamp's Gold":
"I loved walking over wet sand, looking for shells splashed in multi-colors. At that moment, while I lay on my Bug Swamp porch, curvy shells awaited me, Billie Faye Hamilton, to amble along the strand and claim them for my basket. More than anything I'd enjoy sitting on a blanket, hugging my knees. I'd gaze out to where the sky meets the sea."