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    DescriptionWhen Abraham Verghese, a physician whose marriage is unravelling, relocates to Texas, he hopes to make a fresh start as a staff member at a county hospital. There he meets David Smith, a medical student recovering from a drug addiction, and the two men begin a tennis ritual that allows them to shed their inhibitions and find security, in the sport they love and in each other. But when the dark beast that is David's addiction emerges once again, almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened. Compassionate and moving, The Tennis Player is an unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live and how they survive.


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    Title
    The Tennis Partner
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Abraham Verghese
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 254 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099735014
    ISBN 10: 0099735016
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BIC subject category V2: BT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO017000
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    DC21: 362.29092
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    BIC subject category V2: CV
    Thema V1.0: DNX
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    06 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born and brought up of Indian parents in Ethiopia, Abraham Verghese qualified as a doctor in Madras and is currently professor of medicine at Stanford University, California. He is the author of My Own Country, an NBCC finalist made into a film directed by Mira Nair and the bestselling novel, Cutting for Stone.
    Review quote
    "Verghese is a fine writer, lyrical and controlled, and he captures the attachment between two men - its motives, its allure - with both precision and charm... Wise and compassionate" New York Times Book Review "A brave and heart-baring story" Time "Heartbreaking... Indelible and haunting... An elegy to friendship found and an ode to a good friend lost" Boston Globe
    Review text
    The acclaimed author of My Own Country(1996) turns his gaze inward to a pair of crises that hit even closer to home than the AIDS epidemic of which he wrote previously. Verghese took a teaching position at Texas Tech's medical school, and it's his arrival in the unfamiliar city of El Paso that triggers the events of his second book (parts of which appeared in the New Yorker). His marriage, already on the rocks in My Own Country, has collapsed utterly and the couple agree to a separation. In a new job in a new city, he finds himself more alone than he has ever been. But he becomes acquainted with a charming fourth-year student on his rotation, David, a former professional tennis player from Australia. Verghese, an ardent amateur himself, begins to play regularly with David and the two become close friends, indeed deeply dependent on each other. Gradually, the younger man begins to confide in his teacher and friend. David has a secret, known to most of the other students and staff at the teaching hospital but not to the recently arrived Verghese; he is a recovering drug addict whose presence at Tech is only possible if he maintains a rigorous schedule of AA meetings and urine tests. When David relapses and his life begins to spiral out of control, Verghese finds himself drawn into the young man's troubles. As in his previous book, Verghese distinguishes himself by virtue not only of tremendous writing skill - he has a talented diagnostician's observant eye and a girl for description - but also by his great humanity and humility. Verghese manages to recount the story of the failure of his marriage without recriminations and with a remarkable evenhandedness. Likewise, he tells David's story honestly and movingly. Although it runs down a little in the last 50 pages or so, this is a compulsively readable and painful book, a work of compassion and intelligence. (Kirkus Reviews)