The Tennis Partner

Verghese, A.

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Tennis Partner
Verghese's marriage is unraveling. He relocates to El Paso, Texas, hoping to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital. He meets David, a medical student and former tennis pro, and their matches reawaken Verghese's passion for the game. As David's life takes some disturbing turns, Verghese finds himself forced to choose between his role as friend and that of authority figure.

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Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2011
ISBN: 9780062116390
Branch Call Number: 610.92 V496t 2011
Characteristics: 345, 10 p. ;,21 cm


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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 the... Read More »

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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.

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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