Jeff Stookey, Acquaintance
We welcome Portland author Jeff Stookey to the store on Tuesday, February 13th at 7 pm to read from his debut novel Acquaintance, the first book in his “Medicine for the Blues” trilogy.
Set in Portland in the 1920s, the book tells the story of Carl Holman, a young surgeon who has experienced the horrors of WWI and the death of his lover, a fellow officer. He befriends a young jazz musician, Jimmy Harper, who is questioning his own sexuality, and they struggle with social conventions and the Ku Klux Klan.
Acquaintance will be followed by Chicago Blues and Dangerous Medicine in a trilogy of books exploring the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s.
Stookey grew up in Okanogan, a small rural town in north central Washington State. He studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, then earned a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In his 40s he retrained in the medical field and worked for many years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports. He lives in Portland with his longtime partner, Ken, and their unruly garden.