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The Tennis Partner (P.S.)

The Tennis Partner (P.S.)

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An unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live and how they survive, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone

When Abraham Verghese, a physician whose marriage is unraveling, relocates to El Paso, Texas, he hopes to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital. There he meets David Smith, a medical student recovering from 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 with each other. This friendship between doctor and intern grows increasingly rich and complex, more intimate than two men usually allow. Just when it seems nothing can go wrong, the dark beast from David’s past emerges once again—and almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened as David spirals out of control.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062116398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062116390
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great story!

5 people found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2015
By Y. Chao
We often hear plenty stories of the relationship between doctors and patients yet this is an excellent reading on the not as much talked about and revealed relationship between physicians. Yet just like any stories on relationships, it’s about being persons and how we stumble or triumph in relating to, empathizing, and being humans with each other. The prose is beautiful, the author has a great gift in seeing and writing about his insights, thoughts, sentiments, and his surroundings in intelligent and beautiful ways, and best of all, he’s a great story teller that makes non fictional events/materials great stories.

Interesting dynamic between the major ‘players’

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 13, 2015
By Lindadee
Not being a tennis player put me at a disadvantage (the kinds of strokes, the tennis ‘jargon’) but this still was an enjoyable and entertaining book. (Spoiler alert!) It has a sad ending, so I only gave it four stars. Interesting dynamic between the former pro-player turned medical student, and his medical professor/instructor part-time tennis buff. I read it in my book club, and another member who does play tennis loved it.

Another Verghese hit!

 on April 10, 2017
By janet
This was an excellent read! Verghese blends medical scenarios with descriptive tennis plays into a really good read. Profound insights…I’m a great fan of Verghese!

Not What I Expected nor Wanted

One person found this helpful.
 on November 12, 2015
By SCPron
Verghese is the author of one of the best novels I’ve ever read – “Cutting for Stone”, and I had hoped this biographical story would be interesting. For me it was too much tennis and not engaging. My son is a doctor in Texas, so I thought the medical part of the storyline was relatable. The addiction part of the story was rather sparse as far as the addicted young doctor was concerned.

I absolutely loved this book

 on September 19, 2017
By Hess Williams
I absolutely loved this book. If you have a passion for tennis and an interest in things medical, it’s the perfect read. That it is a true story, lends it extra pathos. Abraham Verghese writes with such compelling candour and clarity about his experiences. The range of issues covered made it very thought provoking. I also highly recommend his ‘Cutting for Stone’ and look forward to reading ‘My Own Country.’

Love Verghese!

 on June 16, 2017
By Retromama3
A good read. Love verghese’s books. This was my second read of this book–first was years ago for pleasure. This read was for book club.

Often a good book prompts me to read another by the same …

One person found this helpful.
 on November 23, 2014
By Family Researcher
This was another well written book by Abraham Verghese. Often a good book prompts me to read another by the same author and, all too often, I am disappointed. Cutting for Stone by Verghese was outstanding and so was The Tennis Partner. I enjoyed it for the outstanding writing as well as his topics. The reader is brought into the room as one who experiences personally, and not more from the reader’s standpoint. Now…. I need to read his third, “My Own Country.”

His friend spirals down to the lowest level of addiction despite Vergheses’s best efforts. It’s sad and disappointing

One person found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2015
By Juan M. Rodriguez
Verghese takes a realistic look at addiction through a close friend’s experiences. He’s torn between family, job, and his friends’s problem. The family disintegrates because of his dedication to a job he loves. He’s forced to face his own shortcomings as a father and a husband. His friend spirals down to the lowest level of addiction despite Vergheses’s best efforts. It’s sad and disappointing. But the read is supreme.

Must read book!–riviting non-fiction by physician writer

3 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2014
By Sarah Sue
Difficult story told well. Physician author with the ability to tell a story about drug addiction with compassion and sensitivity. You don’t have to know anything about tennis or be a doctor to find this story memorable; have shared this book with many and they all agree!

Find the time to read all Dr Verghese’s books – well worth the time!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 26, 2016
By Sue Sears Hamilton. Sue
Great read. I love Dr Verghese books. Wish he would write another !


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