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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 storyLIBRARY JOURNAL (Starred Review)  *  Sweeping in scope and impact ... compelling to its coreBOOKLIST (Starred Review)  *  Prescient, human and hopefulPEOPLE MAGAZINE  *  Complex characters ... [who] nearly jump off the page —NEWSWEEK  *  A book for our timesGOODREADS  *  Heartwarming and humorousTHE SOUTHERN PINES PILOT   *  Martin's trademark witty repartee ... both entertains and tackles thought-provoking questions of honor and integrityBOOKLIST   *  A great medical dramaBUST   *  One of those books that just never stops surprising youHYPABLE  *  ​[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, funnyTHE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER  *  Just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humorBOOKLIST   *  Wow. Just wow. This book was spectacularTHE SUDBURY STAR (Ontario)  *  An irresistible mix of romance, ER drama, friendship and betrayalBOOKPAGE  *  A funny and real examination of female friendships and modern parenthood —ALA BBOOK CLUB CENTRAL  *  Impressive ... full of warmth and excitementTHE 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?

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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



What Kimmery Is Reading Now

May 2022:

Home or Away by Kathleen West (contemporary fiction);  The Expats by Chris Pavone (suspense); The Cover Wife by Dan Fesperman (suspense); I See You by Clare Macintosh (suspense); Never by Ken Follett (historical fiction); Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett (literary fiction); The Odyssey by Lara Williams (literary fiction); Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close (fiction); If You Really Love Me, Throw Me Off the Mountain by Erin Clark (memoir); Light Years from Home by Mike Chen (science fiction); Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart (fiction); Verity by Colleen Hoover (suspense); Something to Hide by Elizabeth George (British mystery); The Selfless Act of Breathing by J.J. Bola (contemporary fiction); The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad (literary fiction)


June 2022:

Once A Thief by Christopher Reich (suspense); Indelible City, Book: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong by Louisa Lim (nonfiction); The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (fantasy); Scoundrel: How A Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free by Sarah Weinman (nonfiction/true crime); Lost and Found by Kathryn Schultz (memoir); The Beach Trap by Ali Brady (fiction)


July 2022:

Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas by Jennifer Raff (nonfiction/science); The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber (nonfiction/history); Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel (literary fiction); The Candy House by Jennifer Egan (literary fiction); The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World by Riley Black (nonfiction/paleontology); The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen (romance); Special Characters: My Adventures With Tech's Titans and Misfits by Laurie Segall (nonfiction); The Temps by Andrew DeYoung (horror); The Measure by Nikki Erlick (magical realism)


August 2022:

Upgrade by Blake Crouch (sci-fi); Mouth to Mouth by Antione Wilson (fiction); Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore (historical fiction/humor); The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn (contemporary fiction); The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark (suspense); Imposter by Bradeigh Godfrey (suspense); Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (literary fiction); For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing (suspense); Industries of the Future by (nonfiction/science); Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley (satire)


September 2022:

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)

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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...

About Kimmery


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 and teaches Narrative Medicine courses at the local medical school and in the medical community.

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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 ...