The Tennis Partner - P.S. Author:Abraham Verghese 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... more » 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.« less
This author's engaging writing style led me to this book. Cutting for Stone was the first book of his that I read (and highly recommend). The Tennis Partner is autobiographical, giving the reader insights into the author's emotions and thoughts through a period of difficult life transitions and how one friend and tennis impacted that time. The author is a physician and the medical setting and details form a fascinating background for the story. I am ençouraged by the author's commitment to his patients. I don't play tennis so those details were lost on me but did not detract from the story. If you are a tennis player, you'll have additional enjoyment. The tragic life of the authors friend and tennis partner illustrates the struggles of drug addiction not only for the addict but also for those around him, trying to care for him. Skillfully written.