ER doctor, writer guest at Sumter County Library Author Event

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 4/10/19

Emergency room doctor and novelist Kimmery Martin will be the guest at Sunday's Friends of the Sumter County Library Author Event.

The 3 p.m. event will be held in the main library's meeting room, 111 N. Harvin St., where Martin will read from …

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ER doctor, writer guest at Sumter County Library Author Event

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Emergency room doctor and novelist Kimmery Martin will be the guest at Sunday's Friends of the Sumter County Library Author Event.

The 3 p.m. event will be held in the main library's meeting room, 111 N. Harvin St., where Martin will read from and discuss her debut novel published in 2018, "The Queen of Hearts," which was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Southern Living, Elite Daily and Writer's Digest.

Since its release, which was published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, it has received praise from reviewers at The New York Times, Booklist, Harvard Crimson and many other publications. Publishers Weekly said of "The Queen of Hearts," "Emotional and difficult to put down, Martin's excellent story of friendship is shrewdly plotted and contains a cast of flawed, rich, believable characters."

Sue Griffin, president of the Friends of the Library, said she found Martin herself "very interesting and her book a really good read."

The story is about the relationship between two doctors who have been best friends for 20 years since they were in medical school. During their third year of medical school, several tragic events threaten their friendship and their careers. The reappearance of protagonist Zadie Anson's romantic partner at that time triggers a close look back at the circumstances that threatened the personal and professional lives of Anson and her friend Emma Colley. Discovery of a long-kept secret again threatens their friendship, their professional and personal relationships.

A native of eastern Kentucky, Martin is an emergency room doctor, a self-proclaimed "lifelong literary nerd" and a book reviewer who also works with the library foundation in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the Author's Event. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (803) 773-7373.