SOMETIMES MINE by Martha Moody reviewed by Nancy Yanes Hoffman, the Writing Doctor, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Genie Toledo, the 40-ish narrator of Martha Moody’s SOMETIMES MINE, is the Other Woman locked in a 12-year affair with a married man. Every Thursday, Genie, an invasive cardiologist, and Mick Crabbe, a basketball coach, meet in the same Marriott hotel room. Their initial sexual excitement with each other becomes a deeply passionate, reticulated loving relationship. But eventually, the Other Woman pays bitter prices.
For Genie and Mick are controlled by their other lives. Genie’s patient monitor, pinned to her belt, calls her away from her daughter Claudia’s need to talk about her own love affair. It imposes on everything except the precious two hours on Thursday with Mick when the monitor is turned off. When prostate cancer strikes Mick, he refuses to give up coaching the team to get adequate medical care. Mick refuses to leave the team and go for surgery which probably could have saved his life. His mantra, “It’ll work out” proves hollow. For Mick, Genie is third on his list of priorities, after the team and his family.
Under Mick’s guidance, the team catapults to national prominence. But the price is egregious. For the cancer metastasizes. No longer are Mick and Genie able to be carefree lovers. What was “Sometimes Mine” becomes less and less hers as the cancer eats away at Mick.
Meantime, Genie’s medical partners trade greed for good medical care. Cardiologist Moody doesn’t pull punches about the tainting of doctors’ motives. Genie indicts her partners’ money grubbing: “Proficiency and experience don’t matter. Loyalty doesn’t matter. Giving the best care to our patients doesn’t matter. Only money matters.”
Moody’s page-turner speaks wise and witty volumes to both men and women about the complications of mid-life’s demands and disappointments, the questions about marriage and relationships, the issues about how to raise children. Her earlier novel, BEST FRIENDS, sold 650,000 copies. SOMETIMES MINE, a better book, should sell even more.