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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
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Kimmery's Blog: An Interview with the World's Bestselling Author
Hi book nerds! Today I have the honor of interviewing literary king James Patterson and the celebrated co-author of his latest novel, Mike Lupica. Read on to discover who they consider to be "the best character we've ever created", which 3 televison shows/films influenced their latest book, and, finally, a monumentally startling detail of JP's writing process, which I promise will leave you staggered, especially if you are Gen Z or Millennial.
Patterson needs no introduction but I'll attempt one anyway: he's sold more books than any other living human (425 million+ according to the interwebs), holds more #1 New York Times bestselling titles than any other author (67!!) and writes across a wide variety of genres, including thrillers, series books, nonfiction, young adult and middle-grade, and even romance. He is particularly beloved for his endeavors to support literacy, boost access to books, and champion the careers of other authors. Co-authors have included such luminaries as Bill Clinton and, my personal idol, Dolly Parton.
When it comes to accolades, Mike Lupica is not too shabby either. The most prominent sports writers in America, about whom The New York Times opined "Mike Lupica will win a Pulitzer for his sportswriting one day." He has written a number of autobiographies, articles, adult and young-adult novels, and is a regular contributor on many television shows.
Together, they've written an exciting sports-themed thriller, THE HOUSE OF WOLVES. Charlotte-area readers: you can meet them in-person during a signing at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum on January 11 (more details HERE)
Let's get to it!
KM: My first question is about the co-writing process. How did this partnership come about between the two of you and how do the logistics work? Does one of you have ultimate editing power or is everything negotiated? (James, I met you a few years back when you were touring with Bill Clinton and I seem to remember hearing the first draft of that book was written in ... READ MORE
What Kimmery Is Reading Now
Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta (fiction); The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris (historical fiction); Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (historical fiction); The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord (nonfiction/science); The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz (literary fiction); Warm and Dead by Mike Krentz (suspense); To Live in the Light: A Life Renewed, A Faith Restored by Tim Eichenbrenner (medical/Christian fiction)
Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity by Design and Evolution by Richard Dawkins (nonfiction/science); The Local by Joey Hartsone (legal thriller); The Awoken by Katelyn Monroe Howes (apocalyptic thriller); Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum (historical suspense); Groundskeeping by Lee Cole (literary fiction); Haven by Emma Donoghue (historical fiction)
The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger (thriller); The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd (mystery); White Noise by Don DeLillo (fiction); The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (literary fiction); The Passengers by John Marrs (thriller); The Retreat by Sarah Pearse (thriller); This Was Not the Plan by Cristina Alger (contemporary fiction); The Club by Lloyd Ellery (suspense); Sleepwalk by Dan Chaon (fiction); Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires by Douglas Rushkoff (nonfiction economics); The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs (literary fiction)
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas (literary fiction); Ladies' Day by Lisa Williams Kline (fiction); The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley (fiction); This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Young Doctor by Adam Kay (medical nonfiction); The House of Wolves by James Patterson and Mike Lupica (thriller); The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne (literary fiction); The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins (nonfiction science) MORE ...
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, People magazine, Newsweek 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 and teaches Narrative Medicine courses at the local medical school and in the medical community.
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 ...