The Tennis Partner

The Tennis Partner

Book - 2011
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An unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live and how they survive, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone

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 addiction, 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. Just when it seems nothing can go wrong, the dark beast from David's past emerges once again--and almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened as David spirals out of control.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2011, c1998
ISBN: 9780062116390
Branch Call Number: 610.92 VER 2011
Characteristics: 345, 10 p


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Jun 27, 2016

The story was about a newly divorced loving father in need of emotional support to fill the void in his family life. The father, being an enthusiastic weekend tennis warrior, encountered and dazzled by a charismatic ex-pro and a platonic bromance soon followed.
Despite the sensitive and beautiful writing and a moving story, the second half of the book made me feel more and more anxious and helpless. Its ending left me with a bitter empty feeling as if my loyalty was too wasted.

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