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For both Verghese and his tennis partner, a fourth-year medical student named David Smith, the game is a much-needed island of order in the midst of personal chaos. Both men are struggling to rebuild their lives, Verghese undergoing a painful divorce, Smith struggling with an intravenous cocaine addiction. For a brief, idyllic period, their friendship flourishes; Verghese mentors Smith in the examining room, while Smith, an Australian who competed briefly on the pro circuit, ends up Verghese's teacher on the court. But there are dark corners to David's personality, and under the mounting pressures of medical school and his increasingly complicated love life, these come to the fore. Even as he learns how to inhabit his new life, Verghese watches with horror as his friend relapses, dries out, then relapses again. The author of the powerful My Own Country, a chronicle of caring for AIDS patients in rural Tennessee, Verghese once again proves that the skills of a good doctor are strikingly similar to those of a good writer. Careful observation, compassion, restraint: these are the instruments Verghese uses to stunning effect in The Tennis Partner. A paean to the healing powers of tennis, this book is also a moving meditation on friendship, fatherhood, love, addiction, and the particular loneliness of physicians. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Tennis Partner is a well-written look into the mindset of Dr. Abraham Verghese during his time at the University of Texas El-Paso. Dr. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Neal Verma
Verghese is the author of one of the best novels I've ever read - "Cutting for Stone", and I had hoped this biographical story would be interesting. Read morePublished 15 days ago by SCPron
We often hear plenty stories of the relationship between doctors and patients yet this is an excellent reading on the not as much talked about and revealed relationship between... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Y. Chao
Haunting. Beautiful writing. I love Verghese's honesty and humbleness.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not being a tennis player put me at a disadvantage (the kinds of strokes, the tennis 'jargon') but this still was an enjoyable and entertaining book. (Spoiler alert! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lindadee
A very good story. I felt so sorry for the young intern that kept relapsing and hadn't made amends with his family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cleaning lady
Quoting W.P. Kinsella's review of this non-fiction book, ' Abraham Verghese is a wonderful storyteller. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shirley P.
Love this author. Everything he writes is intelligent and compelling. A friend of mine picked this up at our house and can't wait to finish it.Published 3 months ago by Zelda Tishman