“Love me, love my game,” says twenty-three-year-old professional tennis player Willy Novinsky. Tennis has been Willy’s one love, until the day she meets Eric Oberdorf, a gifted sportsman who took up tennis at the age of eighteen. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit.
They marry and life together begins well, but animated shoptalk and blissful love-making soon give way to full-tilt competition over who can rise to the top first. Driven and gifted, Willy maintains the lead until she tears her knee ligaments in a devastating fall.
Lionel Shriver shows once again that she is a peerless chronicler of contemporary relationships. This is a brilliant book that goes to the heart of the battleground called marriage.