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Double Fault By Lionel Shriver

Double Fault by Lionel Shriver

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Summary

Ever since Willy Novinsky picked up a racquet at the age of four, tennis has been her one love, until the day she meets Eric Oberdorf. She's a middle-ranked professional tennis player and he's a Princeton graduate who took up playing tennis at the age of eighteen. They marry. Married life starts well but soon gives way to full-tilt competition.

Double Fault Summary

Double Fault by Lionel Shriver

Love me, love my game' says twenty-three year-old Willy Novinsky. Ever since she picked up a racquet at the age of four, tennis has been Willy's one love, until the day she meets Eric Oberdorf. She's a middle-ranked professional tennis player and he's a Princeton graduate who took up playing tennis at the age of eighteen. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. Willy beholds compatibility spiced with friendly rivalry, and discovers her first passion outside a tennis court. They marry. Married life starts well but soon gives way to full-tilt competition over who can rise to the top first. Driven and gifted, Willy maintains the lead until she severs her knee ligaments in a fall. As Willy recuperates, her ranking plummets whilst her husband's climbs, until he is eventually playing in the US Open. Anguished at falling short of her lifelong dream and resentful of her husband's success, Willy slides irresistibly toward the first quiet tragedy of her young life.

Double Fault Reviews

Shriver confronts some disconcerting truths that defy a pat, politically correct resolution * New York Times *
A brilliant tale of doomed love * Observer *
A tale of thwarted ambition, rivalry and resentment * Eve *
Shriver has a terrible gift for laying bare for us the emotions that lie just beneath the skin. I doubt that there is any thoughtful woman who does not recognize herself somewhere in Shriver's writing * Financial Times *
A terrific approach shot with which she sets things up for the deadly putaway volley that is Kevin. * Independent *
This book is about the small and large ways we hurt each other in the greatest competition on the face of the earth: Love. Buy it. It belongs on that shelf of books you will return to again and again. -- Harry Crews
A smart, perceptive novel about romance and the rivalry on the tennis court * Sainsbury's Magazine *
Shriver's explanation of Willy's character is so fearless that, although readers may not sympathise with her, they'll understand why she's driven to destroy what she loves * Metro *

About Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver's seventh novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, won the 2005 Orange Prize. Her other novels are: A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Ordinary Decent Criminals, Checker and the Derailleurs and The Female of the Species. She has also written for the Guardian, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. She lives in London.

Additional information

GOR000273838
9781852424909
1852424907
Double Fault by Lionel Shriver
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Profile Books Ltd
2007-05-03
352
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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