Retired educator Norma Campbell Price grew up in rural Kansas during The Great Depression. An advocate for literature as a tool for learning, Price captures this important time period in her new historical fiction, “Hogenville County,” a novel she started 40 years ago.
Today, nearly 75 years since the end of the Great Depression, it is rare to speak to someone who lived through it, an era marked by economic issues, social issues and widespread depression.
“I believe historical eras shape the character of the people who grow up during those times,” Price says. “The work ethic and the stern morality of the age helped this population survive.”
In “Hogenville County,” we find a Midwestern rural community tormented by worry, broken spirits and social turmoil. The characters struggle daily with earning a living, addictions, lustful acts as a means for comfort and family secrets in a farming community that reflects others that existed at this time.
Price’s hope with her new novel is that readers will gain an appreciation for what people have been through in our country’s not-so-distant history.
“The Midwestern part of the country in the 1930s was a wilderness, and it took a special strength to conquer and endure everything that nature could throw at these people,” Price says. “My goal with ‘Hogenville County’ was tell their story.”