Double Fault by Lionel Shriver
By Lionel Shriver
'Love me, love my game' says twenty-three year-old Willy Novinsky. Ever because she picked up a racquet on the age of 4, tennis has been Willy's one love, till the day she meets Eric Oberdorf. She's a middle-ranked expert tennis participant and he's a Princeton graduate who took up enjoying tennis on the age of eighteen. Low-ranked yet untested, Eric, too, goals to make his mark at the foreign tennis circuit. yet, as Eric's rating climbs, competition turns to resentment, and Willy hazards wasting every thing.
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