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Buckshot pie is a metaphor for pioneer spirit, difficult times, and the bittersweet struggle to survive and live off the land. Pearl's wild elderberry pie was jokingly referred to as buckshot pie by her five sons because it always had a few hard seeds. However, they followed the winding banks of Rock Creek near Winona and then Pine Creek near Oakesdale and they rode the countryside on horseback to pick the fruit for their mother because they loved her berry pies. Buckshot Pie, the book, chronicles the struggles of this family to provide for a living on marginal wheat farm land. It follows the early deaths and the loss of the homestead through bank foreclosure. It continues through The Great Depression and difficult economic times as Pearl tried, but failed to retain the mortgage on her beloved Corner Cafe. But the most difficult times for the family were experienced in World War II. The eldest brother fought through the Battle of Bataan and survived the Bataan Death March. He survived 30 months under torturous conditions at the hands of sadistic Imperial militarists. After suffering recurring bouts of malaria, beriberi, dysentery, as well as beatings and starvation, he lost his battle aboard the Hokusen Maru, one of the Imperial hellships. Two other brothers were in numerous combat flights and both narrowly escaped crash landings. The youngest brother, badly wounded by a grenade, recovered, but lost sight in one eye while a prisoner of the Nazis for 13 months. The grief and anguish took its toll on Pearl, who had cause for broken heart throughout most of her life, and culminated in her failing health and death from cancer at age 52. The surviving boys and their sister went on to marry, raise families, and continue the struggle to succeed, but they always remembered their humble beginnings... and their mother's buckshot pie. These eleven chapters are bookended by a prologue and epilogue that start and finish with the placement of a gravestone on the unmarked grave of the first born of the homestead family. The vigil to the cemetery leads to discussion of the family's origins on the Palouse Country homestead, north of Winona in the channeled scabland area of Texas Draw in the state of Washington. The story finishes with the placement of the gravestone on little Neva's resting place almost a century after her birth and short life, and 97 years after her heart wrenching death.
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  • PDF | 216 pages
  • Chris Gregory Fwc (Author)
  • Semper Pi Publishing (1 Jun. 2013)
  • English
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