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The Tennis Partner

Verghese, A. (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Tennis Partner

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When Abraham Verghese, a physician whose marriage is unraveling, relocates to El Paso, Texas, he hopes to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital. There he meets David Smith, a medical student recovering from drug addition, and the two men begin a tennis ritual that allows them to shed their inhibitions and find security in the sport they love and with each other. This friendship between doctor and intern grows increasingly rich and complex, more intimate than two men usually allow. And just when it seems nothing more can go wrong, the dark beast from David's past emerges once again. As David spirals out of control, almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened. Compassionate and moving, The Tennis Partner is a unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live, and how they survive.
Authors: Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955-
Title: The tennis partner
Publisher: New York :, HarperPerennial,, 2009
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Abraham Verghese
Notes: Originally published: New York : HarperCollins, 1998
ISBN: 0060931132
Branch Call Number: 610.92 V496t 2009
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Report This Sep 15, 2013
  • kelleypoole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have mixed feelings about this book, given that parts of it were fascinating to me and other parts I skipped. The drama of the story is captivating, but it is watered down with narratives on tennis that went on for too long. I realize the author is obviously obsessed with tennis, but the drawn out descriptions of grips and replays of matches between famous players took the attention away from the real meat of the book. I was also rather shocked that the author was so oblivious to his friend'd drug abuse and the warning signs of relapse. His views on sexual addiction were close minded and revealing. Such is the reality of being human.

can I have a copy of this sent to the North End Library I have no idea what you have done to this site but I cannot understand how to order The Tennis Partner from Chelsea to the North End Library nor how to reserve it in Chelsea.

Report This Nov 29, 2012
  • kareneb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just finished this wonderfully rich memoire which entertwined tennis, medicine and addiction. Beautifully described and intimate in the descriptions of this friendship in all its stages. An excellent read.


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