September, a hauntingly attractive civil rights worker who finds both love and brutality in Mississippi jails.....
Perry, a brilliant medical student spoiled by good looks and his reputation as the ultimate womanizer...
Aiyana, a self centered predatory social climber determined to marry a doctor at any cost, even if she doesn't love him.....
Bennyboy, an idealistic and principled young medical student who shares an illicit past with a girl he once loved.....
Here then is Roland S. Jefferson's magnificant, highly imaginative and immensely compelling story of a black cultural lifestyle at a pivotal time in history.....as four young people are plunged into the center of a raging conflict between political idealism and the relentless obsessions about class, color and romantic entitlement. But obsessions, even noble ones, can sometimes go tragically awry.....
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Roland S. Jefferson is a fantastic writer ,White Coat Fever will keep you on edge you will experience so many emotions Roland will take you right on the front lines of racism where fear is out of the question you will loose your life or die tring to live this is a must read. **** stars!
Here we go again into the diversity within the African American community on "one-up-manship." This is an exploration of some stereotypes regarding status and the definition of the concepts that delineate it. "White Coat Fever" examines the motive of college students bound with the agenda of becoming the spouse of a doctor as a way to assure economic stability. Social climbing is equated with a death march regardless of the advancing awareness in the change of ideology in the role of the African American in America during the sixties in the wake of the civil rights movement. The relationship of three childhood friends through maturity is challenged by "shades of Blackness," which determines and predestines outcomes and expectations predicated on conceived prescriptions of good or bad based upon genetic traits in the AA community. This is an expose into some standing prejudices within the race without consideration of the source or authentication of the prejudice or the truth with the power to produce cohesion or alienation among friends. "White Coat Fever" is an excellent read. The significance of the underlying motives and the conflicts produced played out vividly and well among three friends and indicates how a single issue produced diverse perceptions and behaviors. I enjoyed the time and skill needed to integrate the plot incidents within the historical context. It oscillates between the comic and the tragic. Easily recommendable. Reviewed by: Gail
White Coat Fever takes the reader on a fascinating trip back in time to the exciting world of the 1960's, when Motown, jazz, and the civil rights movement defined an entire generation. In Roland Jefferson’s intriguing tale, the aspiration of upward mobility is notably highlighted on the Black college campus, through such compelling characters as: September, an attractive civil rights worker who finds both love and brutality in Mississippi jails; Perry, a brilliant medical student spoiled by good looks and his reputation as the ultimate womanizer; and Aiyana, a self-centered, predatory social climber determined to marry a doctor at any cost, even if she doesn't love him. When these youngsters find themselves plunged into the center of a raging conflict between political idealism and the relentless obsessions about class, color, and romantic entitlement, they soon learn that even the noblest of obsessions can sometimes go tragically awry. White Coat Fever is a dynamic read. In it, Jefferson masterfully confronts many uncomfortable truths that have long plagued the Black community, particularly love and social acceptance. Through enticing storytelling and superb character development, Jefferson presents a page-turning tale of suspense, tragedy, and ultimate redemption, all set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Black culture. Regardless of their race or cultural background, readers from all walks of life are sure to find the universal truths displayed in White Coat Fever as both informative and life-changing. An excellent offering from a true literary talent. Vivian Foster Apex Reviews