Double Fault by Lionel Shriver

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Tennis has been Willy Novinsky's one love ever since she first picked up a racquet at the age of four. A middle-ranked pro at twenty-three, she's met her match in Eric Oberdorf, a low-ranked, untested Princeton grad who also intends to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. Eric becomes Willy's first passion off the court, and eventually they marry. But while wedded life begins well, full-tilt competition soon puts a strain on their relationship—and an unexpected accident sends driven and gifted Willy sliding irrevocably toward resentment, tragedy, and despair.

From acclaimed author Lionel Shriver comes a brilliant and unflinching novel about the devastating cost of prizing achievement over love.

 

About Lionel Shriver

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Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.
 
Published May 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Even when she resumes playing, she's unable to turn things around, while Eric, with a few lucky breaks but also inspired play, moves to the international circuit and continues to win.

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The Guardian

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Double Fault by Lionel Shriver 336pp, Serpent's Tail, £10.99 Lionel Shriver had written six novels before We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange prize last year, finally bringing the kind of attention and acclaim that had eluded her for so long.

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The Guardian

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Double Fault by Lionel Shriver Serpent's Tail £10.99, pp342 Because of the furore surrounding last year's Orange Prize-winning We Need to Talk About Kevin, her novel about the relationship between a mother and her spree-killing son, anything Lionel Shriver publishes promises to be a literary event.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her sixth novel, Shriver (The Female of the Species) has imagined a credible marriage crisis: when Wilhelmina (Willy) Novinski and Eric Oberdorf meet, Willy already has standing in the ranks of pro tennis, and Eric, fresh out of Princeton, is scrambling to organize his ascent.

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