Fiction. Duff Brenna's fifth novel, THE WILLOW MAN, hurtles along in breathless pursuit of a notorious 18-year-old car thief, Triple E, as he violates Minnesota probation and breaks for Alaska. On the road north Triple E adopts the homeless 14-year-old Mercy Jones. In Yukon Territory they themselves are stranded in Whitehorse. There Triple E locks in mortal struggle with a powerful, half-crazed sourdough named John Brown who mistakes Mercy for his long-lost daughter Mamie. Brown kidnaps Mercy to the Tombstone Mountains and the hunted fugitive Triple E becomes the hunter, charging into the teeth of Yukon winter to track down Brown and Mercy. On the surface this is the tale of a rugged manhunt; beneath the surface run currents of sexual longing, social injustice, and a young man's quest for personal redemption.
Duff Brenna is the author of five novels, including The Book of Mamie (University of Iowa Press, 1989), which won the Associated Writing Programs Award. His other novels are The Holy Book of the Beard (Doubleday/Nan Talese 1996); Too Cool (Doubleday/ Nan Talese, 1998), a New York Times Notable Book; The Altar of the Body (Picador USA, 2001); and The Willow Man (Wykin de Worde, 2005). His books have been translated into German, Dutch, Finnish, Danish, and Hebrew. Brenna is a recipient of an National Endowment of the Arts grant, Milwaukee Magazine's Fiction Award for the short story "Cristobell", and a Pushcart Honorable Mention for the first chapter of The Altar of the Body. His work has appeared in several magazines and literary journals, including Cream City Review, Sou'wester, the Madison Review, the Northern Review, The Nebraska Review, The Literary Review, and Web del Sol. An adolescent rebel, and self-described "juvenile delinquent," Brenna is an Army veteran, whose life took a once unimagined turn for the positive due to his persistence, commitment, and love of reading and writing. A Minnesota native, Brenna once tried his hand at owning and running a Wisconsin dairy farm. He is currently a free-lance writer living in Sun City, CA. Author City: USA