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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

Not for the weak of heart

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 23, 2016
By Ken Stofft
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 addiction. This was a hard one for me to get through due to my addictive past. I could feel the past shame arise within me as Verghese renders his subjects apart, exposes his own naivete, and touches the heart of the matter and me as the reader.

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.

A moving and important work.

9 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.

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!

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.


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