Monday, December 15th, 2008 by

Author Gerald Duff‘s novel-in-progress No Man’s Land has been named a finalist for the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. Gerald is the author of the novel Coasters and the short story collection Fire Ants from NewSouth Books.

Gerald describes No Man’s Land as “about three generations of women in a family in East Texas, ranging from 1867, just after the end of the Civil War, up to the present day. The novel is told in the voices of the women and focuses on how they view their world and adapt and survive in it. The title comes from a designation given the disputed land between Louisiana and Texas along the Sabine River, for many years a place of lawlessness, brigands, filibusters, and renegades, a territory which was no man’s land. It was women’s land, though, then and now, and they raised their families, civilized the territory, and maintained their integrity as individuals and as members of the Holt family. My novel takes advantage of the stories possible in such a setting and time.”

The Michigan Literary Fiction Awards aim to give recognition to new books by previously-published authors of literary fiction.

The Texas Institute of Letters named Gerald Duff’s short story collection Fire Ants a finalist for the Jesse Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction in 2007. Fire Ants and Coasters are available directly from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.