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"Like Mom, he wanted me to tell him that it was okay, so I did, although I wish Mom hadn't gone to the hospital, or Dad to play golf, and that he would just come home and that we had never left Washington in the first place."
—Amber Billows[3]

Amber Billows (born May 9, 1929) was the daughter of Anne and Al Billows. She had one older brother, Andy. Her family often moved because of her father's job as a journalist. In November 1941, they moved to Oahu, Hawaii where they witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7.


Early life[]

Amber was born on May 9 1929[1] in New York City to Al and Anne Billows. She had a brother, Andy, who was three years older. The family moved from New York when Amber was two years old.[2] They moved periodically due her father's job as a reporter. The family had also lived in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Baltimore.

Life in Hawaii[]

In late October 1941, her father announced to the family that they were moving from Washington to Oahu, an island in Hawaii. Amber was upset at first and voiced her feelings to her family. She quickly accepted it though since their moving was inevitable. Her best friend, Allison became angry when she informed her about it. She refused to talk to Amber for several days. Just before they left for Hawaii, Allison came to her house and the two were able to make up.

The Billows' flew from Washington to San Francisco then from there to Hawaii, taking over eighteen hours. They settled in their new home located near Honolulu in early November. On Amber's first day at school, she made friends with Kame Arata, a girl of Japanese descent. The two quickly became close, despite Amber's decision to have more than one best friend this time. They spent a lot of time together over the next few weeks, making plans to audition for a school play and to attend a dance together.

On December 7, 1941, Amber and her family witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor. She and her mother began volunteering at the local hospital as nurses for several days afterwards. Amber later visited Kame and learned that her father had been taken away. Kame's family was invited for Christmas dinner, though only she and her aunt came. During the dinner, Amber's father announced that they were being evacuated the next day since their mother, a pregnant woman, was among the top priority evacuees.

Later life[]

After leaving Hawaii, Amber immediately lost contact of Kame, who was taken to an internment camp with her family. Her father helped her in a years long search of Kame's whereabouts. She eventually learned that Kame and her husband had died in a car accident, leaving behind a daughter named Grace. Amber and her husband, a documentary filmmaker, adopted Grace and returned to their home in Boston. She was their only child.

Personality and traits[]

At twelve years old, Amber was a typical young girl of her age. She was not exactly shy but nervous about making new friends whenever her family moved. For this reason, she hated that the family had to move so often and that never did so during the summer. Amber liked to keep busy as she disliked being bored, which was one reason she liked Kame. She was also a avid reader and read every night before going to sleep.

Family tree[]

The Billows Family Tree
Al Billows
Anne Billows
Andy Billows
(b. 1925)
Amber Billows
(b. 1929)
(b. 1942)
(b. 1950)


  • Grace is the biological daughter of Kame Arata and her husband who both passed away in 1951.

Behind the scenes[]



See also[]

Dear America characters
Main characters

Remember "Mem" Whipple | Deliverance Trembley | Lozette Moreau | Catharine Logan | Prudence Emerson
Abigail Stewart | Lucinda Lawrence | María Rosalia de Milagros | Hattie Campbell | Mary Driscoll
Florence "Florrie" Mack Ryder | Susanna Fairchild | Clotee Henley | Amelia Martin | Emma Simpson
Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
Nannie Little Rose | Angeline Reddy | Sarah Jane Price | Teresa Viscardi | Anetka Kaminska
Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

Supporting characters

Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

Lists of characters by book

A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?