The Tennis Partner, Paperback
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When 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True stories
  • ISBN: 9780099735014



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This book is filled with the poetry of medicine and the poetry of tennis. If I could have understood a fraction of the tennis I would have given it 5 stars.<br/><br/>Verghese does a masterful job of detailing a relationship with an addict which is never what it seems on the surface and it has so many faces. This is also true of the other disease that Verghese deals with on a daily basis, AIDS. This disease is also a great imitator, presenting itself in many guises. Two terrible diseases subtly pervasive sneaking up on the unwary.

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