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Eric Lee is a published author in over a half dozen online magazines, including Ascent Aspiration Magazine and Burst Literary E-zine. His short story book collections include Murder in a Country Town, Murder in a Coastal Town and Murder in a Snow Covered Town. He breaks away from the mystery and suspense genre to write the funny and inspiring Trying to Win at Love. A tennis fanatic, Eric has played over three hundred USTA league tennis matches during the last thirteen years. He draws on that experience and his sharp wit to tell about facing an extraordinary league season and the challenges of life. When he is not writing, he works as a CPA in San Francisco, California. More information about the author and his writing appears on his official website at www.ericleestories.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon Publishing (April 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967447658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967447650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,112,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Gatto on June 13, 2011
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According to the author's website, this is his first novel and is also a departure from his usual genre - mysteries. Having read some of his previous work, though, I did expect some of the same styling - quick paced, to the point, but not giving anything away such that you really don't know what is going to happen until he wants you to know.

I was not disappointed.

Eric Lee deftly takes the reader into a year of USTA league tennis and the trials and tribulations of being a rookie captain. As mentioned previously, the pace is good as it helps build the excitement as the matches and season progress and as critical decisions must be made.

I found myself caught up in each situation such that at one point when he recounts a time leading up to a difficult decision regarding player personnel, because I strongly disagreed with the decision he had made I literally shouted at the author through the pages (a la John McEnroe), "You cannot be serious. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!"

Likewise, as the season went on I reveled in their victories (some especially so) and commiserated in their losses.

The author also easily and nimbly translates to the written page the various personalities of his team members as well as their opponents'. You will feel as though you know each of them.

If Amazon had half stars, I would probably give this a 4 ½. However, since the author fought the urge to have Dinah Shore's "Que Sera, Sera (What Ever Will Be, Will Be)" playing in the background at the end of the novel, I'm adding a half star back to give it the "full five".

You'll have to buy the book to understand what I mean. You will not be disappointed.
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Hilarious description of the protagonist's hardships as the captain of his tennis team as well as all sorts of colorful characters he encountered during his year-long journey with his team. A real page-turner -- kept me guessing when will the next colorful character appear and what will he say/do? If you are a current or former captain of any sports team or have any personal experience with sports league drama, I will highly recommend this book.
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In this book, Eric captains a USTA tennis team and described all the challenges he faced through out the season. From the onset I was captivated by his great sense of humor and how easy it was to follow along. While reading this book, I had to remind myself that this was a story and was not real. Even though this book is about tennis, I think anyone who competes in any sports would enjoy reading this book. If you are looking for a book with easy reading , fun and lots of humor, this is the book for you. You will not be disappointed. Arlene Haworth
I read my wife's copy of Eric's book in 24 hours ( a new personal speed record for a book this length). I was riveted to the plot from the start. It reminded me of many great books & movies involving behind the scene, miracle season, sport drama. I lol every other page throughout long stretches of the book and the pathos was wrenching. I play competitive tennis & can tell you he captures all the drama, interpersonal relationships, & enlightenment involved with miracle seasons. Athletes and fans alike will love this must read book. Kurt Haworth
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By Wease on June 13, 2011
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What a crackup! There are so many great stories about USTA tennis. Eric Lee has mined a league filled with outrageous personalities and arcane rules and written so many hilarious stories about his experiences in league play. Even if you don't play tennis you'll like the book -- it's a very easy and fun read -- but if you've played USTA at all you'll just love it. Hilarious!!!
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On the surface, this book chronicles a season of a recreational adult tennis team through the perspective of its captain: Eric Lee. However, just as the title ("trying to win at love...") implies, I found a deeper meaning in this book. This book is about a group coming together as a team, the price of winning at all costs, and an interesting philosophy about overcoming setbacks, on and off the court. I really liked the ending, but I don't want to give it away here. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I literally couldn't put the book down and read it all in one sitting.
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Even if you know nothing about tennis, you'll love this book. It's entertaining, humorous, and wise. Eric Lee takes control of his story, endears his characters to you, brings you chuckles and out-right laughs, and shares some of life's most valuable lessons. All in a quick, easy read that's a whole lot of fun. Don't miss this book!
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This book turned out to be a great purchase. Initially, I was hesitant as I do not play tennis but after finishing the book 3 days after I purchased it, I can say I'm glad I did. The author does a wonderful job of creating this relatable, easy-to-read story. I was not overwhelmed with too much tennis jargon and was able to focus on the message of the book. The author cleverly uses tennis as a platform to convey his message of being true to oneself when faced with tough decisions. There is a tantalizing blend of athleticism, competition, romance, relationships, and wisdom that make this story relatable and can appeal to a wide audience. If you enjoy the type of quality story that I described, I would recommend you purchase this book.
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