Acquaintance

In 1920s Portland, Oregon, a homosexual surgeon—a veteran of WWI—meets an ambitious young jazz musician, who is questioning his own sexuality, and they struggle with social conventions and the Ku Klux Klan. This is Book 1 of the trilogy Medicine for the Blues, a work of LGBT historical fiction which explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the lens of the early 20th century. More

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About Jeff Stookey

Growing up in a small town in rural Washington State, Jeff Stookey enjoyed writing stories. He studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In his 40s he retrained in the medical field and worked for years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports.
Jeff lives in Portland, Oregon, with his longtime partner, Ken, and their unruly garden. Acquaintance is his first novel and Book 1 of Medicine for the Blues. Contact Jeff at medicinefortheblues.com.

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February 2018 – A Chat with Jeff Stookey
Book Chat host Alan Rose talks with Portland author Jeff Stookey about Acquaintance, the first book in his trilogy set in the 1920s, Medicine for the Blues.

About the Series: Medicine for the Blues
Medicine for the Blues explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s—a time of jazz, fascination with Freud, and the growing influence of the KKK. The trilogy tells a touching gay love story set against the dramatic backdrop of this influential era.

Acquaintance Book 1 opens in Portland, Oregon, where a homosexual surgeon, Carl Holman, meets an ambitious young jazz piano player, Jimmy Harper, who is questioning his own sexuality, and they struggle with social conventions and widespread political repression.

Chicago Blues Book 2 tells the story of Jimmy Harper’s adventures in Chicago where he descends into the jazz underworld and becomes entangled with a sinister mob boss and a black drag performer.

Dangerous Medicine Book 3 follows Carl Holman’s struggles to navigate his medical career in the face of social and personal obstacles from the KKK, society, and other dangers.

Also in Series: Medicine for the Blues

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