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Trees in the Field

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Dr. Tomas Jefferson stays aloof from life and love, but is strangely drawn to a war-ravaged Marine at a Chicago street clinic where she volunteers. When he dies on the streets, she undertakes notification of the next of kin, but it’s clear that Senator Raybelle McKeehan finds the matter inconvenient.

Raybelle McKeehan was ten when she knew that she would be president some d
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Bella Books (first published August 13th 2012)
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Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just spent my saturday afternoon completely immersed in this story. But how can I classify it? Political drama with a romance? Probably. It seems better than romance with political drama.

And by that I don't mean the romance has a back seat in the story - if nothing else, it is rather indirectly developed during the entire book, from page one to last. What the reader should understand, however, is that before any romantics milestones happen, the characters are fully developed and then, graduall
Cheri Crystal
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend Trees in the Field to anyone who wants a novel they can sink their teeth into. This is not your run-of-the-mill lesbian romance dripping with explicit sex and clichés, but there is plenty of sexual tension as the characters battle it out to allow for the development of an attachment. With an emphasis on a political agenda that stresses equality for one and all, J.E. Knowles has written a gripping lesbian love story from the POV of a black lesbian doctor who has trouble sustain ...more
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Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it

Trees in the Field begins well introducing the reader to Senator Raybelle McKeehan and Dr. Tomas Jefferson.

Raybelle McKeehan is a Senator for Tennessee in the US Administration. Since a very young age she’s had her eyes set on being President. Consumed by this goal she’s never had time for a partner, family or anything else outside of politics.

Dr. Tomas Jefferson works in Chicago and is more interested in microbiological organisms than people. Microbiological organisms are
Chris Paynter
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an intricate novel full of memorable lines--memorable as in I found myself reading them again... and again. I enjoyed the fully developed characters who were so different, yet were still attracted to each other. And Knowles captured the policies of the Bush administration perfectly (without directly using his name), delving into topics like rendition. She's a very talented writer. I look forward to her next release.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not your typical run at lesbian fiction. A serious and complex story of politics.
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J.E. Knowles's first novel, Arusha, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and her second is The Trees in the Field. She has also edited Faith in Writing, a collection of essays.

She grew up in Carter County, Tennessee, and was first published in Phoenix at the age of seventeen. She then went to the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. and was a member of the Grey City Journal Editorial C

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