Title: Doctors and Friends
Author: Kimmery Martin
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Page Count: 389
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Hannah, Compton, and Kira have been close friends since medical school, reuniting once a year for a much-needed vacation. Just as they gather to travel in Spain, an outbreak of a fast-spreading virus throws the world into chaos.
When Compton Winfield returns to her job as an ER doctor in New York City, she finds a city changed beyond recognition—and a personal loss so gutting it reshapes every aspect of her life.
Hannah Geier’s career as an ob-gyn in San Diego is fulfilling but she’s always longed for a child of her own. After years of trying, Hannah discovers she’s expecting a baby just as the disease engulfs her city.
Kira Marchand, an infectious disease doctor at the CDC in Atlanta, finds herself at the center of the American response to the terrifying new illness. Her professional battle turns personal when she must decide whether her children will receive an experimental but potentially life-saving treatment.
Written prior to Covid-19 by a former emergency medicine physician, Doctors and Friends incorporates unexpected wit, razor-edged poignancy, and a deeply relatable cast of characters who provoke both laughter and tears. Martin provides a unique insider’s perspective into the world of medical professionals working to save lives during the most difficult situations of their careers.
Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin is a contemporary story that follows a group of female doctors as they navigate life during a pandemic. Now the pandemic inside of this story is a fictional one that the author created prior to the Covid outbreak in real life but this one may be a tough read now that Covid has become real around the world.
Hannah, Compton, and Kira met while they were all in medical school together and have stayed friends since. Each of the women have gone onto different careers in the medical field but made a pact to always stay in touch and spend time together once a year on a vacation.
Compton is a ER doctor in New York while Hannah became an ob-gyn in San Diego and Kira took a job as an infectious disease doctor at the CDC in Atlanta. The three are scheduled for their annual trip and heading to Spain when they get word that a fast spreading disease has been discovered.
I’ve read a lot of apocalyptic type of books with pandemics the being the cause but Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin is definitely a contemporary fiction title. While details of the disease in here vary from what we have in real life with Covid the feel of the characters dealing with it felt all too real and parallel to the times of Covid. I couldn’t help but to get caught up in their world and feel the tension as the story developed. My only thought was perhaps at times it went a little too much into the medical terminology but the author does admit to that herself. Overall though this one was certainly an emotional ride.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned-novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Goodreads, The Charlotte Observer, and The New York Times, among others. An obsessive reader, she advocates for libraries, interviews authors, and teaches writing seminars, speaking at medical schools, conferences, and bookstores around the United States. Kimmery lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. You can read more of her writing, including travelogues, book reviews, and social commentary at http://www.kimmerymartin.com.
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