The Tennis Partner

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Harper Collins, Sep 22, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 345 pages

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 addition, 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. And just when it seems nothing more can go wrong, the dark beast from David's past emerges once again. As David spirals out of control, almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened. Compassionate and moving, The Tennis Partner is a unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live, and how they survive.

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This book is about the anatomy of a friendship, with all its darkness and light and shadows. I loved Verghese's novel, Cutting For Stone, and had heard that this memoir was worth a read, as well. He ... Read full review

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User Review  - ifisher - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. This book hits all the categories; marriage, work, friendship, among others. Because I work in healthcare I enjoyed the book even more than others who may not. I love the ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

A practicing physician and a professor of medicine at Stanford University, Abraham Verghese is the author of My Own Country and Cutting for Stone. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and other publications. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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