The Antidote for Everything. Kimmery Martin. Penguin Publishing Group. February 2020. pb, 384 pp.; ISBN: 9781984802835.
Dr. Georgia Brown is a urologist and Dr. Jonah Tsukada is a family medicine physician. Both work in a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. The journey both are about to begin is a very painful one as the Director of the hospital and a group of local citizens have decided that Jonah’s treatment of LGBT patients is immoral and therefore unacceptable as hospital policy. So he is accused of that and also of stealing drugs from the hospital pharmacy. Georgia stands by his side through the thick and horrendous journey of these accusations as well as when he is fired. At the same time, Georgia has finally met and fallen in love with a businessman, Mark. All three of these characters have experienced devastating loss and know what it takes to survive and even surpass these tragedies. Their friendship is engaging and admirable to the uppermost degree.
Unfortunately, Jonah makes a choice that puts his life in jeopardy. It is while he is suffering from that choice that the truth about the whole hospital situation is exposed, through the work of a very savvy lawyer and the confession of an addictive physician. Georgia had contemplated doing something wrong in order to make the situation right but never implements that plot. During that time of innocence, all come to understand what they want to do in medicine and make new decisions to honor that dedication. They are stronger for the experiences.
The Antidote for Everything will leave readers thinking about opinions and prejudices. It will also hopefully make readers think twice about the quick judgments the public and individuals make after accusations are published or splashed through the news. The plot condemns the notion that once alleged means guilty. It also invites readers to see all patients as equal and deserving of fairness and compassion.
This is finely crafted contemporary fiction with real characters worthy of respect and honor. Nicely fashioned, Kimmery Martin and highly recommended reading!