"Eight Billion Steps: My Impossible Quest For Cancer Comedy" is about (as may seem obvious) finding humor in cancer. After Jeff was diagnosed with an extremely large and rare salivary gland tumor on the back of his tongue, throat and jaw, he and his wife began their fun-filled search for treatment. Eight Billion Steps is Jeff’s life-affirming odyssey, told with honesty and humor, interspersed with moments of terror.
“This book was going to be Two Hundred Steps, My Fight Against Cancer, but the title seemed too generic for what was percolating in my sometimes painfully clear mind. So I changed it from the typical to the absurd, and I have been struggling with my quest ever since.”
Jeff has won several short fiction awards and his work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. His narrative nonfiction story “The Wells Creek Route” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his novel Where the River Splits was praised in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis KMOX radio.