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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.

A story of friendship (and so much more)

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 24, 2016
By Caitlin
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. It was a heartbreaking read, but a story that is so important. This is a book about friendship, tennis, medicine, addiction, love, heartbreak and so much more. I’d highly recommend this book.

A well-written memoir.

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 24, 2015
By Neal Verma
The Tennis Partner is a well-written look into the mindset of Dr. Abraham Verghese during his time at the University of Texas El-Paso. Dr. Verghese is willing to let the reader into his mind as he deals with a particularly difficult period in his life. He has recently moved into El Paso, where he has no social connections. Furthermore, his marriage is dissolving, and he has to face the prospect of limited interaction with his wife and children. He finds a common soul with a medical student named David. David is a immigrant from Australia, and he and Dr. Verghese bond over their common experiences of being immigrants and their common love of the game of tennis. Verghese does take some liberties as to the mindset of David, but he mostly limits the work to his own thoughts and experiences. It is a touching, moving memoir, and it is well worth a read.

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.

A moving and important work.

8 people found this helpful.
 on November 7, 2011
By Annie
After reading “Cutting For Stone” which I have placed among the very best books I have ever read, I have been seeking further works by Verghese.I chose The Tennis Partner because the blurb caught my interest.It was not until I began the book did I realise The Tennis Player was indeed a memoir, and not a novel as I prefer. Nonetheless, from the first page this book held me and when I had read the last page I held it against my chest and wept. It is a beautiful book from a compassionate and intelligent man who has the ability to deliver his characters to you in such a way you feel you know them. David, the main character, is a charming, lovable and talented medical student who forms a friendship with Dr Verghese through their shared passion for the game of tennis. As the story progresses we are introduced to David’s demons and Verghese’s inner feelings of anger and frustration alternating with the concern he feels for his friend, and his continued support despite warnings from those who had given up on David.This book touched me from a personal perspective as I have experienced in my own life the loss of a beautiful young man, also called David and I have worked throughout my life as a clinical nurse in Intensive Care so I understand the workings of hospital life. I believe The Tennis Partner should be recommended reading for students of nursing and medicine as it would allow more understanding of drug addiction and the horrific circumstances that surround this disease. Too often, the “drug addict” is depicted as drop kicks of our society who come from “bad homes” or “criminal backgrounds” and “deserve everything coming to them.” I urge everyone to read this touching book, and thankyou Dr Verghese for once again giving me such a wonderful read. You are a genius in many ways.

This is an amazing, complex story of friendship between two men as …

One person found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2016
By Book Lover
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. He explores the themes of loyalty, addiction, and betrayal with a clarity of thought that makes this story a compelling read. To all those who enjoy universal themes of what it means to be human this book is a must read!!

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!

This non-fiction work is equally fine but more disturbing since it is the story of …

One person found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2015
By Ilmusico
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 and former tennis player who is also an addict. It has the texture of a novel although it is a true story; Verghese is a master writer. The discussion of the careers of players like Lendl, Courier, and others is spot on–I wonder if the book would have the same impact on someone who doesn’t follow tennis. But I can’t imagine not being moved by the portrait of the man and his relationship with the author.

Verghese Amazing

One person found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2012
By S. Thompson
I am glad that I read Cutting For Stone before The Tennis Partner. Cutting For Stone sits on my Best Books shelf to be read again in future years, but it is unlikely that I’ll read the The Tennis Partner again. Yet, I recommend it as a very good book. I’ll share what I liked and what didn’t about The Tennis Partner:

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.


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