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DOCTORS & WOMEN Hardcover – January 1, 1987

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: NY (1987); First Edition edition (1987)
  • ASIN: B00507IT42
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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I was born in New York City and have lived here on and off my entire life--in fact I went to nursery school a few blocks from where I write this. It took me a long time to admit I was a writer--I had a career as a teacher and I loved it. When I was married I couldn't get a teaching job so by an amazing stroke of luck I went to work for my local small town newspaper. After a long time as a newspaper and magazine journalist, I took off to write a novel when I was 35 and I haven't looked back.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chikuado on July 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Doctors & Women wasn't a very impressive book. It seemed to be as confused as its protagonist, Kate Loomis, a freelance journalist who falls in love with her mother's doctor. The novel revolves around Kate's twisted feelings about Mack Riley, the chemotherapist who wants to be compassionate and ends up getting too involved with his patients, her mother, who she's scared to lose, and her husband David, who's more of a friend than a romantic partner.

Meantime, there's also Ann Lacey, another woman who's mother is treated by Riley, and who also ends up quietly falling in love with Riley. The difference here, is while Riley is physically attracted to Kate, what he shares with Ann is a deep friendship - a fact that isn't brought out too well until the very end.

Initially as the chapters moved, I liked the way the characters fought to be the central one in each. The story was tossed from hand to hand - from Mack Riley's, to Kate's, to her husband's, to Ann's, back n forth. In the interim, there's also Peter Mallory, a doctor obsessed with his profession. Why Peter Mallory was even brought into focus, is a question as he's got nothing to do with any of the other characters, apart from being Riley's superior.

The novel ends as calmly as it began. No surprises, no shocks, and no big impact. Just a story that's so normal, it could've just happened next door.

But one thing that's done well, is the way Kate's character is drawn out. You neither sympathize with her for being so confused, nor do you get angry with her for cheating on her husband. You just accept her with all her mixed emotions. As far as the rest of it is concerned, I guess you can read it if you're really, really bored.
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