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Bay Area Readings for a new book, The Doctor and the Diva

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A Novel
by Adrienne McDonnell
It is 1903. Dr. Ravell is a young, Harvard-educated obstetrician whose reputation for helping couples conceive has made him a rising star. He is flattered when a family of illustrious Boston physicians turns to him to treat one of their own members -- a lovely opera singer named Erika von Kessler who has struggled for years to become pregnant. As his attraction to her increases, and his treatments prove ineffectual, the pressure on the young doctor mounts.
By the time she meets Ravell, Erika has lost all hope of becoming a mother. Her extraordinary voice is gathering acclaim, and she is determined to move to Italy to launch her career in earnest. But becoming Dr. Ravell's patient will change Erika's life in ways she never could have imagined, and she has no idea of the lengths to which her husband will go to keep her by his side.

Thursday, July 29
2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
7:30 pm

Friday, July 30
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Panel / Q&A / Signing
Ticketed event, contact the store for more details
**This is a joint event with Robin Oliveira, MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER

Monday, August 2
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
7:30 pm

Tuesday, August 3
86 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
7:00 pm

Friday, August 6
2251 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
7:30 pm

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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