DOCTORS AND FRIENDS
"Martin’s riveting latest focuses on a group of doctors during a pandemic, [managing] to convey the deeply personal as well as the bigger picture. —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"There is beauty in Martin’s gem of a story that confirms that friendship is a powerful force. —Library Journal (Starred Review)
"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)
"A prescient, human and hopeful portrait of medical experts on a pandemic’s frontlines." —People Magazine
"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
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THE ANTIDOTE FOR EVERYTHING
"Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout.”—The New York Times on TQOH
“With issues ripped straight from the headlines, The Antidote For Everything is a book for our times.” – GoodReads
“Martin’s trademark witty repartee makes her characters fun to be with, and she both entertains and tackles thought-provoking questions of honor and integrity….”—Booklist
This whip-smart and timely novel from acclaimed author Kimmery Martin explores what happens in the friendship between two doctors when one of them is unjustly fired.
Georgia Brown’s profession as a urologist requires her to interact with plenty of naked men, but her romantic prospects have fizzled. The most important person in her life is her friend Jonah Tsukada, a funny, empathetic family medicine doctor who works at the same hospital in Charleston, South Carolina and who has become as close as family to her... READ MORE
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THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
"A stunning debut."—Booktrib
"Difficult to put down, Martin’s excellent story of friendship is shrewdly plotted and contains a cast of flawed, rich, believable characters.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are sure to enjoy this new release”—Southern Living
"...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?—Tommy Tomlinson, SouthBound Podcast on NPR/WFAE 90.7
“A funny and real examination of female friendships and modern parenthood.”—ALA Book Club Central
"Just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humor."—Booklist
“Engrossing, funny,”—The Charlotte Observer
“Kimmery Martin’s excellent debut novel serves up an irresistible mix of romance, ER drama, friendship and betrayal.”—BookPage
"Wow. Just wow. This book was spectacular." —The Sudbury Star (Ontario)
“An impressive debut, full of warmth and excitement.”—The Harvard Crimson . READ MORE ...
Kimmery's Novels: Pop Culture
An Irony You Can't Invent: 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's Latest Reads
The Premonition by Michael Lewis (nonfiction/sociology); The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz (contemporary fiction); One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (contemporary fiction); Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian (historical fiction); The Survivors by Jane Harper (suspense); What A Happy Family by Saumya Dave (family fiction); The Guncle by Stephen Rowley (contemporary fiction/LGBTQ); The One by John Marrs (contemporary fiction/sci-fi); The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (romance); Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann (family saga).
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (sci-fi); The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearce (thriller); Crash by David Hagberg (thriller); The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (suspense); Such A Perfect Wife by Kate White (suspense); The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (literary fiction); The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz (literary fiction); Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin (contemporary fiction).
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead (fiction); The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and An Awe-inspiring Rescue by Steven Collis (historical nonfiction); The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (suspense); The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (Science/technology)
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 promotes reading, interviews authors, and teaches writing seminars. She’s a frequent speaker at libraries, conferences, 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.
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 ...