Waccamaw Gold by William Woodson
ISBN 978-0-9911124-0-1, 361 pp., softcover, $16.95 (SC tax 7%)
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In his debut novel, Woodson brings us Molly Commander, matriarch of a powerful Southern family and one of the richest women in America - until the night her car mysteriously disappears into the Waccamaw River. Billy Commander, her grandson and closest living relative, summoned home from France for the funeral, finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue and scandal that threatens his life, as well as the lives of his protective cocoon of friends and family. Molly's death sets in motion a chain of events interwoven with the fabric of lowcountry life and the clandestine activities of the third largest bank in the country.
From boardrooms and private clubs in New York and Atlanta to the lush setting of Pawleys Island and the South Carolina lowcountry, the main characters, children of privilege all, come to grips with the contemporary greed of Wall Street and the complex responsibilities placed on them by great wealth.
In this 30-somethings, coming-of-age story, peopled by characters who read like old friends, birthright places Billy and his close circle at the crossroads of opposing societal forces.
Will they triumph to emerge as the new generation of leadership that must become today's South?
William Woodson is a native South Carolinian and was educated at Davidson College, the University of South Carolina School of Law, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School of Business and the Emory University Graduate School of Law. He practiced in Atlanta for many years in the area of investments, financial management and taxation. In 1993, he moved to Pawleys Island where he became the Chief Advancement Officer at Brookgreen Gardens, a member of the Huntington Society and one of the founders of Campus Brookgreen. His volunteer activities included serving three terms as the Executive Director of the Festival of Music and Art at Pawleys Island, where he was a founding member of the Muses. The Festival honored him in 2002 by electing him to its Hall of Fame. A former member of the CLASS faculty, Woodson now lives in the Upstate where he continues his business consulting activities and is at work on his second novel.