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.
I loved this book! A true story, brilliant writing, fascinating look into the words of hard core drug addiction, especially among physicians. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Therese R. Sargeant
I just started reading this book so I cannot give a complete rating. I do love the way Abraham Verghese draws you into his story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Helen Adams
Unbelievable....so moving in his prose. Still prefer Cutting For Stone over this however this is a close second.Published 1 month ago by doink
My favorite author. What can I say. Could not put the book down.
Bought 5 more for my friends
This was another well written book by Abraham Verghese. Often a good book prompts me to read another by the same author and, all too often, I am disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Family Researcher
I truly appreciate Abraham Verghese's writing style, whether fact or fiction. This autobiographical book gives interesting insights into the life of a physician and the illness of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DRons