Death Beyond the Willows by Greg Peck
“Greg Peck’s work is a breath of fresh air,” says Ben Logan, author of the popular Wisconsin book The Land Remembers.
Death Beyond the Willows is a true story of rural history surrounding the shocking 1927 tragedy in Portage, Wisconsin that befell a couple from Dane County on their wedding day. It’s a story about the family farm and how we’re losing that part of our heritage. It’s a story about an old Chevy in the days when highways still offered primitive transportation. It’s a story about spirituality and a clash of religions that divided the two families—with dramatic and surprising twists. And it’s a story that emphasizes how every person, every life, holds a library of stories.
This newly released edition includes fresh graphics designed to enhance readership.
The Pirkl family tree will help readers follow who’s who among the many relatives.
Maps pinpoint clusters of key locations.
A new cover is tastefully designed.
An Afterword tells how the book inspired bus tours of key sites and of stunning coincidental stories that emerged and brought this rich history full circle.
Peck spent years researching this tragedy, which inspired the late Zona Gale, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and native of Portage, to write a fictional short story, “Bridal Pond.” The book weaves the true, full story, and the writers spent months working on and publishing this update.
To purchase: Greg will ship a signed copy for $20. It would make a good Christmas gift. Please pass the word! Send checks to him.
1421 Eastwood Ave.
Janesville, WI 53545
Also available as a paperback on Amazon
Rattlesnake Valley Publishing
About the author:
Greg Peck is Opinion page editor of The Gazette in Janesville, Wis. He graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Wis., in 1975. A 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he has worked and written for Wisconsin newspapers the past 34 years. He has won a variety of journalism and nonfiction awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Inland Press Association and the Wisconsin Writers Association. He serves on the board of directors of the WWA.