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.
There's not much of a plot, but I liked the writing and the way Verghese tells the story.Published 25 days ago by AlphaRaptor
This is a wonderful story about how human connection - call it love, call it friendship - can save us from our darkest selves - but not always. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AYJ
great book! i had also read cutting for stone by him and enjoyed both!Published 3 months ago by teaching in wonderland
I was drawn to this because I so admired Verghese's novel Cutting for Stone. This non-fiction work is equally fine but more disturbing since it is the story of a talented doctor... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ilmusico
I loved "Cutting for Stone" as Abraham Verghese writes so well.
The Tennis Partner was almost as good. Read more
Verghese takes a realistic look at addiction through a close friend's experiences. He's torn between family, job, and his friends's problem. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juan M. Rodriguez
I enjoyed this book immensely. The authors ability to capture the emotional flavors of living and the descriptive details made it an easy absorbing book.Published 5 months ago by Alison