By Marshall Jon Fisher
It’s the past due Eighties, previous to the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and Robert Cherney, a 30-year-old aspiring author, has left ny urban for a task educating tennis in Munich. apart from deepest classes, he coaches the Maccabi membership men's league group, a motley staff of neurotics whose eccentricities appear exacerbated by way of their scenario as Jews dwelling in Germany. they've got made fortunes in postwar Germany yet are hounded day-by-day via the ghosts of the earlier and wracked with guilt over residing so blithely between their mom and dad’ tormentors. one of many avid gamers on Robert's staff is his ally in Munich, Max Altmann, a profitable and filthy rich younger businessman who's additionally Robert’s organisation, landlord, provocateur, and advisor to Munich's nightlife. as well as attempting to determine his existence and never move loopy educating tennis, Robert is attempting to disregard Lexa, the point of interest of years of erotic obsession again in long island. aiding him are Ingrid, a 40-ish Maccabi member and tennis scholar, and Veronique, a 25-year-old Jewish graduate pupil whom Max attempts to establish with Robert. Love, tennis, intercourse, annoyed inventive ambition, and the obstacle of being a German Jew are all components of this literary pride that's at turns severe and comedic.
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A Backhanded Gift: A Novel by Marshall Jon Fisher