Kimmery Martin

The Queen of Hearts

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events during her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance at a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her friend.

Kimmery Martin

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine physician, book reviewer, and author interviewer originally from Berea, Kentucky. The Queen of Hearts, her debut novel about a secret in the friendship between a cardiologist and a trauma surgeon, mixes humor and domestic drama with the all-consuming life-or-death world of the practice of medicine. It has garnered praise from Publishers Weekly (“Excellent…realistic and vivid”), The Harvard Crimson (“An impressive debut, full of warmth and excitement”), and the The New York Times (“Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout”). Kimmery resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and the world’s most obstinate dog. Her next two medically-themed novels are forthcoming from Penguin Random House. Learn more about Kimmery on her website.

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