A native of the Texas Gulf Coast, Gerald Duff has published thirteen books, including novels, a memoir, and collections of poetry and short stories. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sewanee Review, Georgia Review, Southwest Review, Missouri Review, The Nation, and elsewhere. His short fiction has been cited in The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prizes, and The Editors' Choice: Best American Short Fiction.
A Season in the Evangeline League
by Gerald Duff
Published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Distributed electronically by Garrett County Press Digital
digital design by Tina Henderson
Kindle, iBooks, NOOK, Google, Kobo, Sony Reader, Diesel
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.
But Gemar is not the same as his teammates and opponents, and his skills on the diamond cannot erase those differences. He grew up on a reservation in Texas, an Alabama-Coushatta Indian dreaming of hurling strikes in the big leagues. During his season with the Rice Birds, Gemar is asked to play the stereotypical Indian and enticed to cheat, which goes against his view of the diamond as a sacred place of honor. Constantly challenged as he tries to protect his identity as an Alabama-Coushatta and uphold the integrity of the game, Gemar-like the Evangeline League's namesake comes to embody loss, perseverance, and commitment.
Much like minor league baseball itself, the story of Gemar Batiste's season in the Evangeline League is a work of satire, humor, tragedy, and triumph.
To listen to Gerald Duff talk about Dirty Rice on WWNO's The Reading Life, click here.