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The Tennis Partner (P.S.)
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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

 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.

A story of friendship (and so much more)

 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.

 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.

Great story!

 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.

… book by Verghese "Cutting for Stone" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Tennis Partner is a touching and …

 on April 23, 2018
By Amazon Customer
I’ve only read one other book by Verghese “Cutting for Stone” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Tennis Partner is a touching and tragic story revealing how sometimes we only see what we want or need. Verghese shows again the complex nature of a human being and how we are all more than one thing.

Interesting dynamic between the major ‘players’

 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.

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

 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!!

Simply Breathtaking

 on July 21, 2001
By Stephanie Manley
This is the story of ending relationships, and begining new ones. Verghese is embroiled in the breakup of his marriage, as he meets a student who turns out to be his tennis partner. This is a heartbreaking story in so many ways. The dissolvment of the marriage, creating a new life, and the pain friendships can sometime cause. His friend is a recoving drug addict that doesn’t have the smoothest path to recovery.

A Wonderful Story on the Failure of Recovery Programs

 on February 9, 2013
By Baja Kathy
Abraham Verghese’s writing connects the reader so firmly with his characters that, upon waking the day after finishing “The Tennis Partner,” the reader wants to pick up the phone to find out what his characters have planned for the day. I felt a similar connection to the characters of Verghese’s wonderful book, “Cutting for Stone.”


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