Jeff Stookey

Author of "Medicine for the Blues" trilogy
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All three books of Medicine for the Blues trilogy are now available at Another Read Through bookshop, 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, and at Broadway Books,1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. Support these great local bookstores when you do your holiday shopping.

Also on Amazon and Smashwords.

Medicine for the Blues is a work of LGBT historical fiction that explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s. Jazz was becoming popular, Freud was all the rage, liquor was illegal, and the Ku Klux Klan was growing in influence. Based on extensive period research, this trilogy tells a touching love story set against the dramatic backdrop of this influential era.


“In this gay historical novel I want to encourage understanding and acceptance by asking readers to shift their frame of reference. Society and history are not static, they are constantly changing.”

       —Jeff Stookey


As a young doctor, Carl Holman has experienced the horrors of World War I and the death of his lover, a fellow officer. Back home after the war, he befriends a young jazz musician who he hopes will become a companion he can share his life with. But this is Oregon: the Ku Klux Klan is gaining influence, homosexual acts are illegal, and such a relationship will jeopardize Carl’s promising medical career. Musician Jimmy Harper has his own dreams for the future and his own obstacles to overcome before he will allow himself to accept Carl’s love. More than a gay love story, Acquaintance is a deep dive into gay and lesbian history based on extensive period research of the 1920s.

This is Book 1 of Medicine for the Blues trilogy.

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Purchase Acquaintance
on Amazon HERE
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In stores at Another Read Through and Broadway Books.

Chicago Blues

Book 2: Chicago Blues follows Jimmy Harper as he reluctantly leaves Carl behind to go to Chicago with the Diggs Monroe Jazz Orchestra, where the band hopes to find fame and fortune. Instead, Jimmy descends into the jazz underworld where he becomes entangled in dark dealings with a sinister mob boss and an erotic affair with a black drag performer. In this unfamiliar world, Jimmy begins to question whether he can trust anyone, even his old band members.

“…[a] finely woven tale of self-discovery and acceptance.” —Poison Waters/Kevin Cook, Drag Queen Extraordinaire.

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Purchase Chicago Blues
on Amazon HERE
or on Smashwords HERE.

In stores at Another Read Through and Broadway Books.

Dangerous Medicine

Book 3: Dangerous Medicine, follows Carl Holman’s struggles to navigate his medical career in the face of pressures from the KKK, societal expectations to marry and have children, and other forces beyond his control. As he makes difficult decisions about his professional and domestic affairs, can Carl and those he loves find a way to live authentic lives in this hostile world?
“Jeff Stookey’s engaging novel is a brilliantly written story set in the tough Prohibition era. An excellent contribution to the history of our city, the book is also a page-turner. I had to know what happened next.”
—Don DuPay, Behind the Badge in River City

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Purchase Dangerous Medicine
on Amazon HERE
or on Smashwords HERE.
Now available
at Another Read Through and Broadway Books.

From Our Readers:

A very revealing depiction of the times and fantastic character portrayal. Interesting that in some ways Portland has come so far, and then in another way, not so much.

Beth Ann Fischberg,

The characters, and sense of the space and the occasion you described, followed me around…and remained palpable and vivid, almost as if I had watched a film. I’m really looking forward to continuing this story…engaging and thought-provoking.

Kirsten Davis

I don’t know where to begin with praise, but it is a masterpiece of narrative.

Wayne Larson

The book is terrific. I started reading after dinner, and was still reading at nearly 11:00 when it was time for bed.  I’m particularly enjoying how successful Jeff is at capturing the flavor of the era.

Don Tarbutton

Just finished your book and I really enjoyed it. It’s a good read!
Zoe Sodja

Featured Image

Here is a photo of my Greek neighbor Nick George, far right,
as a boy in his village of Nestani, Greece, around 1950.
There weren’t any cars in his village,
so when this beauty showed up in town
the village boys gathered around it for a picture.


Jeff Stookey

Jeff Stookey


Exploring the lives of Carl Holman and Jimmy Harper, I had to learn to see through eyes that were not familiar with a post-Stonewall world. These characters were figuring out homosexuality, just as I had, growing up in a small town in rural Washington State.
I studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In 1992 I retrained in medical lab work and later in medical coding, and I worked for many years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports. This medical background led to the creation of Carl Holman MD, while a deep dive into gay history and Oregon’s past shaped much of the rest of the trilogy. A novel writing class at The Attic Institute, A Haven for Writers, and a year with a creative writing group helped me bring this story out of the closet.

I have lived in Portland, Oregon, for many years with my longtime partner, Ken, and our unruly garden. Acquaintance is my first novel and Book 1 of Medicine for the Blues.

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