About “Bedside Manners”:
As Joyce Novak’s daughter, Marnie, completes medical school and looks ahead to a surgical internship, her wedding, and a future filled with promise, a breast cancer diagnosis throws Joyce’s own future into doubt. Always the caregiver, Joyce feels uncomfortable in the patient role, especially with her husband and daughter. As she progresses through a daunting treatment regimen including a biopsy, lumpectomy, and radiation, she distracts herself by planning Marnie’s wedding.
When the sudden death of a young heroin addict in Marnie’s care forces Marnie to come face-to-face with mortality and her professional inadequacies, she also realizes she must strike a new balance between her identity as a doctor and her role as a supportive daughter. At the same time, she struggles with the stark differences between her fiancé’s family background and her own and comes to understand the importance of being with someone who shares her values and experiences.
Amid this profound soul-searching, both Joyce and Marnie’s futures change in ways they never would have expected.
Heather Frimmer is a physician by day, specializing in diagnostic radiology and breast imaging, and an avid reader and writer at all other times. A published book reviewer across multiple websites, including Books, Ink and Booktrib, and a member of the Westport Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons.
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LINDAS BOOK OBSESSION REVIEW OF “BEDSIDE MANNERS” By Heather Frimmer, She Writes Press, October, 2018 for @Suzy Approved Book Tours
Kudos to Heather Frimmer for her engaging, entertaining, emotional and riveting, debut novel, “Bedside Manners” The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story takes place in the present, and only goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in this novel. The author describes her characters as regular people who could live next door to you or me. They each have their problems and challenges.
The Novak Family resides in Westport Connecticut, and the author describes the community vividly. I can see the dresses in the dress shop and view Dr. Novak’s office. Dr. Novak, is a Dentist and immersed in his successful practice.Joyce, his wife, has been running the practice and taking care of everything. The Novaks are so proud that their daughter Marnie is in Medical school, and they are hoping for a surgical residency. Marnie feels that she has met her once in a lifetime love, that is almost perfect, just not the same religion. Joyce now finds herself taking time off from the office to plan a wedding. What Joyce does not plan for is finding a lump in her breast. The author discusses these issues with a professional understanding and dignity.
I appreciate the significant issues that Heather Frimmer discusses in her novel; Mother-Daughter Relationships, Breast Cancer, and researching one’s options, and discovering the goals that one wants to pursue. The author also mentions the importance of family, friends, emotional support, communication, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this novel for those readers that enjoy a family drama. I look forward to reading other books by Heather Frimmer. This was heartwarming, and I found this comforting and enjoyable.