The Tennis Partner has recently been reissued and its story is compelling. 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 professional tennis play and medical resident recovering from drug addiction, and the two men begin a tennis ritual that allows them to relax with each other and find security in the sport they enjoy.
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 is threatened. Compassionate and moving, The Tennis Partner is an unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live, and how they survive.