Jamie Weisman’s latest novel, “We Are Gathered,” is a fast-paced read that celebrates her dynamic, creative storytelling ability. Not your everyday wedding, Weisman skillfully details the dysfunctional side of her scandalous and skillfully crafted characters. Their flawed personalities unravel as the story of an interfaith wedding unfolds. From charming to disarming, the lead roles are not the bride and groom, Elizabeth Gottlieb and Hank Jackson, rather a complex cast of wedding guests.
While a talented novelist, Dr. Weisman, as many know her, is also a nationally recognized board-certified Atlanta dermatologist. What makes this book even more relevant is how Weisman blends her careers and weaves a blemished tale of adoring, envious, even comical guests.
“You can fall in love with doing more than one thing in life. I wanted to be a writer. As a little girl, I would ride my bike to Ardmore Bookstore in Sandy Springs and pick out books. Throughout high school, my English teacher would feed me books. While writing was my major interest, the medical world also ran deep in my family.”
She adds, “As the writer, I get to make up these characters. I hope readers will find it in their hearts to love them. The thing I love about this book is it’s set at a wedding. It is two people who love each other until death do us part. The question I wanted to raise was not romantic love, but the love also for parents and children. If you look at the characters, life is hard. Joy is hard.”
Weisman’s book tells an untraditional story about flawed individuals, human in their experiences. This book reminds us of the universal hope of the unexpected journey beyond happily ever after.
Jamie Weisman appears at the Book Festival 12 p.m. Nov. 9.