Some Sunday, by Margaret Johnson-Hodge is a well written story about losing love and finding it again. Within the main theme of love, there are also issues of class, relationships, & friendship that are dealt through the telling of this story. The main character of the novel, Sandy is living a charmed life with the love of her life, Adrian when tragedy strikes and he dies from AIDS. During this time of loss, Sandy spirals downward into a pit of depression from which she thinks there is no escape. Then, a rope to pull her up is dangled down from an unexpected place. As she struggles with the
feelings of how to deal with these new found emotions and how to honor her husband’s memory at the same time, Sandy is again thrown another rope, pulling her in a new direction. While Sandy is trying to juggle with her feelings for 3 men, her circle of friends are battling with their own issues with their 1 man.
Highly successful attorney Martha is having trouble trying to pick unripe fruit. She is in a relationship; however she is attempting to move it to a place her partner is not ready for. Next, there is Britney, a full figured beauty that none of the girls expected to find love. Britney, from the outside, seems to have it all, a new baby, a husband that dotes on her, a new home, fine cars, and anything that her heart desires. However, there is a storm brewing on the horizon, threatening to take down anything in its path. Lastly, there is Janice who is on the brink of falling in lifelong love, but she has herself tethered to a rock to keep her from slipping in head over heels.
As I read this novel, I was enamored with the details Ms. Hodge provided. The eloquent description of the sounds and smells throughout the story made me feel like I was right there. The story made me feel like I was one of the girls, being privy to information that no one else should be allowed to know. There were points in the story when I cried with Sandy mourning her loss. I felt the unsettlement of Martha as she battled against herself to try to remain in a relationship. I sympathized with Britney as she tried to juggle motherhood and new marriage. I even felt Janice’s pain as she struggled to launch into love without having reservations. This is a great novel showing no matter how hard life seems to get “Some Sunday” things will get better.