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 have read all the books by Dr. Verghese and feel they are excellent. I pass them on to others to read.Published 8 days ago by Susan Gadpaille
Not a pag.e turner. Nothing about the story remained with me. Unimpressed.Published 25 days ago by phyllis daniels brady
What a great book that depicts well the effects of addiction on the addict as well as those whom he/she encounters. Was there too much medicine in here? Read morePublished 28 days ago by Janie
I loved it. great insight into drug use and effect on others.Published 1 month ago by June E. Yantis
Great book, third of a series....Hope he continues to write....Published 1 month ago by Eunice E. Sears
I love reading Abraham Verghese. I was hesitant to try this book because I have zero interest in tennis and the story didn't sound too intriguing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melliny S. Lamberson