Upcoming release, non-fiction:
On the Ragged Edge of Medicine by Patricia Kullberg, MD, MPH
Available March 2017 – Oregon State University Press
Through her work as a physician in a clinic for the poor and homeless in downtown Portland, Dr. Patricia Kullberg weaves together a collection of compelling narratives that illustrate the lives of people who suffer severe social and economic deprivation. Kullberg delves into her daily interactions, exploring the impact of scarce resources, the ways she managed to succeed, the fall-out of her own mistakes, and the strategies she used to keep her sanity.
This painfully honest book lends a new perspective to the patient-doctor relationship while examining the chaos and real-life occurrences that are often hidden from view. A life-saving procedure is refused without explanation; an agoraphobic woman suffers silently and fails to cope; an accidental overdose takes another life. Kullberg fills the pages with questions about the realities people face in their everyday lives and the inadequacies of medicine to remedy them.
Written for both a lay and professional audience, anyone interested in the limits and possibilities of medicine within a context of social inequity, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine draws the reader into the big tragedies, small victories, and everyday mishaps of medicine when ministering to the destitute. MORE INFORMATION
Available Now, historical fiction:
Girl in the River by Patricia Kullberg
It’s the middle of the twentieth century and Portland has fallen into the hands of gangsters. Newly orphaned Mae Rose wanders the rain-stained streets alone, on the lam from a knife wielding pimp, mustering her own worst impulses to survive. As Mae rises in Portland’s gritty sex industry, she’s pursued by a district attorney who wants to ensnare her for more personal reasons. Meanwhile, Dr. Ruth Barnett, queen of Portland’s nightlife, runs a lucrative abortion service and it is she who eventually provides the refuge that Mae seeks. After the war, both women are caught in the cross hairs of anti-vice crusader Dottie “Do-good” Lee. Their survival will depend on their ability to outsmart the cops and politicians who no longer protect them.
Girl in the River is a portrait of the intimate lives of women during one of the most corrupt periods in Portland history. It’s an unflinching look at the power dynamics of sex. A glimpse into the work life of a call girl. An improbable love story. The tale of post-war assaults on reproductive rights. And a tribute to two remarkable and remarkably different women who shaped the lives of Portlanders during those tumultuous times: Dr. Ruth Barnett and Mayor Dorothy Lee. MORE INFORMATION