Books by Gerald Duff
Playing Custer
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Publisher: TCU Press, May 2015

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Playing Custer is a novel narrated from varying points of view and time, illuminating personal and political events leading up to the death of General George Armstrong Custer. The historic events are framed by the story of two men from the late 20th century--one white and one Native American--who travel together to the annual reenactment of the battle at the Little Bighorn National Monument battlefield.
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A Crop of Circles
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Publisher: BlackWyrm Publishing, March 2014
Illegal Aliens: A craft from deep space has been forced to land in an Illinois cornfield, and only a 12-year-old boy named Torbert can see it for what it truly is. The meth cookers next door, the drug dealers in East Saint Louis, and even Torbert's own family have no idea what's been forced to Earth to await a way home. 
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Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League
Dirty Rice
 
 
Publisher: UL Press, April 2012
In the midst of the Great Depression, minor league baseball thrives in small-town South Louisiana, where the Evangeline League, named in honor of Longfellow’s heroine, draws hundreds to dirt fields and grandstands in places like Jeanerette, Abbeville, and Opelousas. In 1935 Gemar Batiste, a talented young pitcher from Texas, is recruited to try out for the Rayne Rice Birds, makes the roster, and immediately begins garnering fame for himself, his team, and the league.
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Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory
Home Truths

Publisher: TCU Press, September 2011
From dealing with intrusive family members to judgmental classmates to marital bliss and misery, Gerald Duff's memoir, Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory, describes situations familiar to anyone who has ever lived in a small town. Experiences unfamiliar to the youths of today include growing up during World War II and the descriptions of propaganda tactics, hunting for your own meals, and dealing with the social mores of the 1950s and 1960s.
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Fire Ants and Other Short Stories
Fire Ants
Publisher: NewSouth Books, November 2007
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Gerald Duff’s collection of short stories, Fire Ants, includes work published in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Missouri Review and other magazines.
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Snake Song
Snake Song
Publisher: Salvo Press, October 2000
The two worlds of Austin Bullock collide with a shock when Chief Emory Sees the Water dies mysteriously in Lost Man Marsh, part of the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation in the Big Thicket of East Texas.
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That's All Right Mama: The Unauthorized Life of Elvis's Twin
That's All Right Mama
Publisher: Baskerville Publishers, Inc., August 1995
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Did Elvis's identical twin, Jesse Garon Presley, really die at birth? Not according to Lance Lee, the hero of Gerald Duff's darkly comic dissection of fame and rock 'n roll.
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Memphis Ribs
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Original Publisher: Salvo Press, May 1999
Memphis in May. The International BBQ Contest, the Cotton Carnival, and now four bloody murders: a conventioneer is stabbed at an ATM machine, a gang leader and his girlfriend are executed, and a wealthy local businessman is killed in his own home while his bodyguard is napping. It's all on the shoulders of failed cotton farmer & current Memphis homicide detective, J. W. Ragsdale.
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Memphis Mojo
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Publisher: Lamar University Press, February 2014
In Memphis Mojo, J.W. Ragsdale, a failed cotton farmer turned Memphis homicide detective, is faced with a cowboy preacher, a home invasion, urban gangs, and a killer who sees spirits and converses with the dead, including Martin Luther King, Jr and Rickey Nelson. The setting is Memphis, in the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's recording of his first song at Sun Studio, That's All Right, an event publicized in the Bluff City as "A Global Moment in Time."
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Decoration Day and Other Short Stories
Decoration Day
 
 
Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press, April 2012
Decoration Day and Other Stories ranges in locale from the piney woods of Deep East Texas, to the mean streets of Memphis, to the suburbs of Washington, DC. Highly comic and deeply serious, the collection reaches from the late 19th century to the present day. The title story centers on elderly sisters striving to save an unjustly accused man from a lynch mob, while at the same time fetch home a wagonload of flowering bushes to commemorate their dead in the family cemetery. 
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Blue Sabine
Blue Sabine
 
Publisher: Moon City Press, Fall 2011
Blue Sabine is a story of five generations of Holt women, told in their voices, along with some men of Holt blood. It is set along the Sabine River, which divides the state of Texas from Louisiana and the Deep South. From 1867--when the Holts first came to Texas--to the present, the novel chronicles the emotional lives of grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and nieces, all bound by kinship and history.
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Coasters

Coasters

Publisher: NewSouth Books, May 2001
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Waylon McPhee, middle-aged and divorced, moves back in with his widowed father in hopes of coasting through another year.
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Graveyard Working
Graveyard Working
Publisher: Baskerville Publishers, Inc., August 1995
It is time for the annual graveyard working at Big Caney, Texas, and all the community it there--a fundamentalist preacher who's formed Christian Guard Dogs, Inc to preserve the true believers from the terrors of the contemporary world, two elderly sisters who have spent decades fighting each other over the hateful and necessary contours of their shared life,  a brother and sister conniving to have their mother committed to an institution for seeing space travelers in the backyard, a Native-American gospel quartet, and others of like mind joined again to pay homage to the dearly departed.
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Indian Giver
Indian Giver
Publisher: Indiana University Press, December 1983
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Sam Houston Leaping Deer follows in a long tradition of American heroes, from Huckleberry Finn to Holden Caulfield, individuals who struggle against a frequently hostile society for psychological survival, for integrity, and for authenticity.
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