VIRTUAL: Kimmery Martin Boston-area Launch, in Conversation With Suzanne Koven

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

Please join emergency-medicine-physician-turned-novelist Kimmery Martin for her Boston-area launch of Doctors and Friends, a book about a pandemic that was written before COVID-19!  Kimmery will be in-conversation with Dr. Suzanne Koven, author and Harvard Medical School faculty member. Register for this Zoom webinar here.

About Doctors and Friends:

“Three female doctors and friends remind the reader of the heart-wrenching tragedies and impossible choices that make such a cast not only heroic but human.”—Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday
 

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.
 
Kimmery Martin is a former emergency medicine doctor, born and raised in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. A lifelong literary nerd, she reviews books, interviews authors, and works extensively with the library foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and three children.

About Letter to a Young Female Physician:

A poignant and funny exploration of authenticity in work and life by a woman doctor.

In 2017, Dr. Suzanne Koven published an essay describing the challenges faced by female physicians, including her own personal struggle with "imposter syndrome"—a long-held secret belief that she was not smart enough or good enough to be a “real” doctor. Accessed by thousands of readers around the world, Koven’s “Letter to a Young Female Physician” has evolved into a deeply felt reflection on her career in medicine.

Koven tells candid and illuminating stories about her pregnancy during a grueling residency in the AIDS era; the illnesses of her child and aging parents during which her roles as a doctor, mother, and daughter converged, and sometimes collided; the sexism, pay inequity, and harassment that women in medicine encounter; and the twilight of her career during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she traces the arc of her life, Koven finds inspiration in literature and faces the near-universal challenges of burnout, body image, and balancing work with marriage and parenthood.

Shining with warmth, clarity, and wisdom, Letter to a Young Female Physician reveals a woman forging her authentic identity in a modern landscape that is as overwhelming and confusing as it is exhilarating in its possibilities. Koven offers an indelible account, by turns humorous and profound, from a doctor, mother, wife, daughter, teacher, and writer who sheds light on our desire to find meaning, and on a way to be our own imperfect selves in the world.

Suzanne Koven is a primary care physician and the inaugural writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her writing has appeared in the New England Journal of MedicineBoston Globe, and other publications. A faculty member at Harvard Medical School, she lives near Boston.

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Books: 
Doctors and Friends By Kimmery Martin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984802866
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Berkley - November 9th, 2021

“A prescient, human and hopeful portrait of medical experts on a pandemic’s frontlines.”—People

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.
 


Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life By Suzanne Koven Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324007142
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2021

A poignant and funny exploration of authenticity in work and life by a woman doctor.


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