Brown, Nic. Doubles. Counterpoint. Jul. 2010. c.256p. ISBN 978-1-58243-507-7. pap. $15.95. F
This is the story of professional tennis player Slow Smith and his two partners: Kaz, his tennis doubles partner since boyhood, and Anne, his wife, a photographer documenting their life together through a series of Polaroids. Slow is currently off the circuit, since Anne is in a coma, the result of a car accident for which Slow is to blame. While Anne is unconscious, Slow is obsessively continuing her photographic journal. Together, Kaz and Slow are highly ranked, but Kaz, who fanatically follows good-luck rituals, isn’t finding the same success playing with other partners. This story unfolds as Manny, Slow’s coach and manager, tries to reunite Slow and Kaz and inadvertently involves Slow with other sexual partners at the same time. Comedic sexual escapades, tender sciences of love and loss—this work from the author of the critically acclaimed Floodmarkers, a series of interconnected stories, has it all.
VERDICT: This tale of contemporary life should resonant with a popular audience. Brown may be the John Updike for a new generation.
TWO RELATED ESSAYS:
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"LIFE IS A GAME OF DOUBLES"
THE MORNING NEWS
"IN TENNIS, LOVE MEANS NOTHING"