A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Charlie Geer lives in Andalusia. His first book in Spanish, ¿Qué dices, teacher?, is forthcoming from Penguin in January 2020. You can follow him on Twitter: @amerizano
Ever since I first slipped it into my duffel bag those many years ago, I have guarded the pistol jealously, like a miser his coin. The more cause someone might have to take the pistol from me, the more care I have taken to conceal it.
The scene did not look natural to me. A strong, healthy whitetail doe mired deep in Lowcountry pluff mud. Stuck just beyond the water’s reach, sunk to the base of her thick neck and the round of her haunch, she struggled to free herself.