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The Tennis Partner Paperback – September 20, 2011
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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.
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With his skill at expressing vulnerabilities, fears, and the whole spectrum of emotions, Verghese certainly has captured the addict's mind and underlying foundations of his... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Ken Stofft
This is an amazing, complex story of friendship between two men as mentor and protegee. Verghese is an amazing writer with a passionate heart and voice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Lover
I enjoyed The Tennis Partner because it was well written, and it made an emotional connection with me. Friendships can be rewarding as well as disappointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hannah J. Reid
Cutting for Stone is one of my favorite books and I've been meaning to read The Tennis Partner ever since. I bought it before a recent trip to Maui and read it in 3 days. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caitlin
Sad and upsetting story of addiction, male friendship, tennis and life. Not as important as Cutting for Stone but another well written book with character development for Abe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer