“Jeff Stookey’s Chicago Blues hits all the right notes!”
—Darcelle XV/Walter Cole, author of Just Call Me Darcelle and Guinness World Record’s “Oldest Working Drag Queen.”
“…[Dangerous Medicine] is a brilliantly written story set in the tough Prohibition era.”
—Don DuPay, author of Behind the Badge in River City: A Portland Police Memoir.
“[He] tells the story at a jazzy, propulsive pace, capturing the vibrance and danger of Chicago in the 1920s.”
—Alan Rose, author of The Unforgiven and host of KLTV’s Book Chat.
“…a finely woven tale of self-discovery and acceptance.”
—Poison Waters/Kevin Cook, Drag Queen Extraordinaire.
Medicine for the Blues is a trilogy of novels, a work of LGBT historical fiction that explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s. The Ku Klux Klan was growing in influence, the eugenics movement was passing human sterilization laws, illegal liquor was fueling corruption, and Freud was all the rage. Based on extensive period research, this trilogy tells a touching gay 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
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The audio books of Medicine For The Blues are beginning to show up on various platforms.
They are now available at libro.fm, audiobooks.com, bookbeat.co.uk, downpour.com, and Amazon’s audible.com. Dozens of other platforms will be carrying these audio books, so keep checking back at your favorite web outlet.
The pandemic rages on. Continue to wear a mask when out in public (“I protect you, you protect me”), maintain social distance, and wash your hands.
While you are stuck at home sheltering in place, now is a good time to read my Medicine for the Blues trilogy, if you haven’t already had the pleasure. You can order print books and eBooks from these local shops: Broadway Books, https://www.broadwaybooks.net/ and at Microcosm Publishing, https://microcosmpublishing.com/. They are taking orders on their websites, but they ask your patience as filling orders takes longer than selling books in their stores.
You can also order eBooks and printed books on-line from Another Read Through bookshop. Even though the brick and mortar store is now closed, Elisa will continue her online presence: anotherreadthrough.indielite.org
Also on Smashwords and Amazon.
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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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on Amazon HERE
or on Smashwords HERE.
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.
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.
at Another Read Through and Broadway Books and Microcosm Publishing.
From Our Readers:
“Readers will find Acquaintance well crafted and a beautiful read….Stookey’s novel distinguishes itself with a heartbreaking look into forbidden love and fear in 1920’s Oregon….The author does a remarkable job creating Carl Holman and Jimmy Harper. The characters are exquisite, yet flawed, and altogether memorable. Both Carl and Jimmy grow tremendously throughout the novel.”
“I picked this up on a whim from the author himself at a local book festival…I think the thing that made me come back and buy the book, after I walked away the first time, was the bit [the author] said to me about how he wrote this book with current events in mind. Things that have been taking place in our “civilized” century that mirror things that we’ve already fought against. Racism. Sexism. All manner of prejudices that are coming out more and more because of things like social media.
And I can see it in the story. I’ve only read this first book, but…I think it’s something everyone should read.
(Also, like, c’mon… Carl and Jimmy are friggin’ adorable!)”
“Amazing! This novel by Jeff Stookey is poignant, provocative, entertaining, and even heartbreaking. And the way that Mr. Stookey infused this well-researched story with authentic, flawed, relatable characters and a compelling storyline makes it feel that much more memorable….Stookey delves into an array of themes and topics here, from sexual identity and discoveries, oppression, KKK, medicine, music (the jazz scene), friendships, bigotry and persecution and discrimination—all wrapped around an emotionally engaging love story that is beautifully written and solidly executed.”
“The writing in this book is phenomenal!…Scenery, settings, dialog and action are handled flawlessly. All the characters, major and minor, breath and live in their world so naturally. Jeff has really done his homework, I believe he has captured the milieu of 1920s Portland and local smaller communities in a realistic manner.”
“…well, consider me blown away!…I marveled at the way he weaved dynamic, sympathetic characters of Carl and Jimmy (and the supporting cast is wonderful as well) and twisted storylines/backgrounds together to create an addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion.”
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.