PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF
Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout —THE NEW YORK TIMES * Riveting ... convey[s] the deeply personal as well as the bigger picture —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review) * [A] gem of a story —LIBRARY JOURNAL (Starred Review) * Sweeping in scope and impact ... compelling to its core —BOOKLIST (Starred Review) * Prescient, human and hopeful —PEOPLE MAGAZINE * Complex characters ... [who] nearly jump off the page —NEWSWEEK * A book for our times —GOODREADS * Heartwarming and humorous —THE SOUTHERN PINES PILOT * Martin's trademark witty repartee ... both entertains and tackles thought-provoking questions of honor and integrity —BOOKLIST * A great medical drama —BUST * One of those books that just never stops surprising you —HYPABLE * [You'll be] alternately pondering the finer points of medical ethics and laughing out loud — TOWNCAROLINA MAGAZINE * A stunning debut —BOOKTRIB * Difficult to put down ... [an] excellent story —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are sure to enjoy —SOUTHERN LIVING * Engrossing, funny —THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER * Just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humor —BOOKLIST * Wow. Just wow. This book was spectacular —THE SUDBURY STAR (Ontario) * An irresistible mix of romance, ER drama, friendship and betrayal —BOOKPAGE * A funny and real examination of female friendships and modern parenthood —ALA BBOOK CLUB CENTRAL * Impressive ... full of warmth and excitement —THE HARVARD CRIMSON
Love, death, humor, secrets, hot doctor sex, and a medical procedure performed with a fork.
Does that sound like something you might be interested in reading?
— SOUTHBOUND PODCAST on NPR
More about DOCTORS and FRIENDS
With echoes of Richard Preston's The Hot Zone, John M. Barry's The Great Influenza, and Anna Hope's Expectation, Doctors and Friends is precise in details but sweeping in scope and impact. Martin’s novel is compelling to its core. —Booklist (Starred Review)
In this eerily prescient and timely novel written before the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin's complex characters are infused with such raw emotion that they nearly jump off the page. —NEWSWEEK
Both achingly familiar and punctuated by twists and turns you won’t see coming. I couldn’t put it down! —Meg Donohue, bestselling author of You, Me, and the Sea
At turns hilarious, heartbreaking, and intense; I flew through this book. —Kathy Wang, bestselling author of Imposter Syndrome
Kimmery Martin's fictional world was just the respite I needed from our real one.
—Mary Laura Philpott, author of Bomb Shelter: Love, Time and Other Explosives
This is the pandemic novel I didn't know I was longing for! I loved it. —Anne Bogel, host of the What Should I Read Next podcast
... READ MORE
What Kimmery Is Reading Now
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (fiction); Femlandia by Christina Dalcher (dystopian fiction); Embassy Wife by Katie Crouch (contemporary fiction); The Torqued Man by Peter Mann (literary/historical fiction); The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson and The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson (Icelandic mystery); The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation: The Real Science Behind Hacky Headlines, Crappy Clickbait, and Suspect Sources by R Philip Bouchard (science); The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield (mystery/sci-fi)
Anthem by Noah Hawley (contemporary fiction); The Life-changing Science of Detecting Bullshit by John V Petrocelli (psychology/nonfiction); Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (litaerary/historical fiction); The Surrogate by Toni Haileen (contemporary fiction); Victorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College
by Rebecca Munsterer Sabky (nonfiction); Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene (physics); The Alex Wilde Series by Hk Jacobs (romance)
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (suspense); Nudge: The Final Edition: Improving Decisions About Money, Health, and the Environment by Richard Thaler and Cass R Sunstein (sociology/business); The Maid by Nita Prose (fiction); The Violence by Delilah Dawson (dystopian fiction); Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl (nonfiction); The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull (sci-fi
Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak (fiction); The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (fiction); Survival of the City: Living and Thriving in An Age of Isolation by Edward Glaeser (science/nonfiction); The Last Day by Andy Murray (dystopian/sci-fi); High Dive by Jonathan Lee (historical fiction); Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (fantasy); The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice by Benjamin Gilmer (nonfiction); Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey Through Medical School by Claire Unis (Memoir)
Kimmery's Blog: An Irreverent Roundtable with Author P.J. Vernon
PJ: Dear Reader, I know The Antidote for Everything swept you off your feet. Kimmery is a wicked talent and her writing oozes clever voice, delicious one-liners, and heartbreak in equal measure.
In Martin’s follow up to her critically acclaimed debut, The Queen of Hearts, the “Liane Moriarty of Medical Fiction” (in quotes because I tweeted it once) explores the deep friendship between physicians Georgia Brown and Jonah Tsukada—and the lengths to which they’ll go to protect one another when threatened by institutional malice.
Side Note: If you haven’t finished TAFE, started it, or (cue my gay gasp) even procured your copy yet, bookmark this immediately and go change that. Seriously. Go. Now. We’ll wait.
Okay, since you’ve finished the novel, we can jump right into this very kla$$y author roundtable between myself and the one and only Kimmery Martin, MD.
KM: Hi, everyone. For those of you not familiar with him, PJ Vernon is a dog-owning, Canadian-dwelling, PhD-possessing scientist who also happens to be a dazzling suspense writer (When You Find Me, Crooked Lane Books, 2018) AND Bath Haus, (2021) his huge hit thriller from Doubleday Books.
Hello PJ! Hit me with some insightful, hard-charging questions.
PJ: I saved the hardest question for literally the very first one: You open the book with what just might be the most hilarious scene I’ve ever read. Why start with testicles? ... MORE...
Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times, among others. A lifelong literary nerd, she interviews authors, teaches writing seminars, and speaks frequently at libraries, conferences, medical schools, and bookstores around the United States. Kimmery completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
Kimmery Martin won her first short story contest in the first grade, and was awarded a red stuffed elephant and publication in the school newspaper. Her writing career then suffered an unfortunate dry spell, finally broken with the publication of the enthralling journal article Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Staging of Melanoma, followed by the equally riveting sequel Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Pelvic Malignancies, both during medical school.
Conscious readers remained elusive, however, prompting her to ... MORE ...