Coming February 18, 2020

The Antidote for Everything 

"Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout.”—The New York Times on TQOH


In this whip-smart and timely novel from acclaimed author Kimmery Martin, two doctors travel a surprising path when they must choose between treating their patients and keeping their jobs.

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.

Just after Georgia leaves the country for a medical conference, Jonah shares startling news...  READ MORE

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Praise for 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, a novel about friendship, success, and secrets.”—Southern Living

Kimmery Martin's first novel has got 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

"A medical drama executed with 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 ...

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Kimmery's Latest Reads

September 2019: Big Finish by Brooke Fossey (contemporary fiction); First Cut by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell (thriller); The Day It Finally Happens: Alien Contact, Dinosaur Parks, Immortal Humans--and Other Possible Phenomena by Mike Pearl (science non-fiction); Fleischman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Anker (contemporary fiction); Inside the Outbreaks: the Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast (science nonfiction); Hate, Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi (nonfiction); The Need by Helen Phillips (thriller).

August 2019: Followers by Megan Angelo (dystopian/women's fiction); Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenburger (contemporary/women's fiction); The Network: A Jack Logan Thriller by L.C. Shaw; The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull (sci-fi); Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright (science nonfiction); The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC by William H. Foege (science/memoir nonfiction); The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates (nonfiction).

July 2019: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (contemporary fiction); Bunny by Mona Awad (literary fiction); How Could She? by Lauren Mechling (women's fiction); The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (literary fiction); Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business by Matt Lee & Ted Lee (nonfiction); The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution by Susan Hockfield (science nonfiction).



About Kimmery

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 wait another decade or so before trying again.  This time, spurred on by a dubious but loving husband and three constantly interfering children, she produced an entire novel. The Queen of Hearts, exploring the startling secrets in a friendship between a trauma surgeon and a pediatrician, became an instantly beloved classic amongst three of her friends.  It was published by Penguin Random House in 2018 to great critical acclaim.


When not working on her next novel ... MORE ...