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Sudden Death

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  680 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Outrageous, irrepressible and endlesslyentertaining, the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungleand Bingo spins a behind-the-scenes tale of women'sprofessional tennis that dramtically intertwinesthe heart-stopping excitement of competition andthe lingering heartache of intimate human bonds.Carmen Semanan loves three things passionalty:tennis, money and professor Harriet Raw ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1983)
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Freyja Vanadis
I've no doubt that a lot of the things written here really do happen in the tennis world, but these characters were mostly written as caricatures instead of realistic. For instance, the Bible-thumping, self-loathing homophobic lesbian Alicia Brinker was just too much. Nothing about her was even remotely believable. Nor was the breakup and fight between Carmen and Harriet at the end. This is definitely not one of Ms. Brown's better efforts.
So I just started this book and I'm already giving it 5 stars. I'm trying to take it slow and distract myself because its so short i could finish it in a few hours.
It's a sexy lesbian tennis novel from 1983! And it's so smooth and natural and slightly ridiculous. By Rita Mae Brown of Rubyfruit Jungle. I'm gonna look up some of her other books now
This book is a "horrid example".

The author and Martina Navratilova were, for a time, a very public couple. Then they broke up. And Brown made the fatal error of writing a roman-à-clef. This is always a mistake. Getting revenge on your ex is death on good writing. It's a shame, because Brown is ordinarily an excellent writer.
Mary Shafer
I found this one disappointing. Clearly a potshot at a lover who jilted her. Not that it wasn't deserved, I just think it was beneath her. But hell, who hasn't done something like that? And if you can get paid to do it, good for you. Just didn't think it was her best effort.
Maybe I would have liked the book more if I was into tennis, which I'm not...I don't know, book was just ok for me
Catherine  Mustread
Women's professionla tennis and the scandal of lesbian relationships is the focus of this novel.
A fan of the author, but must also be a fan of tennis to enjoy this book.
Luci Lytle
I'm not into tennis. I'd rather read one of her other books.
Very light reading- I love all the Rita Mae Browns for a quick snack.
A lesbian tennis soap can see the 80s in there!
Anurag Sinha
nyc.. with enough lesbian drama to keep u glued :)
Gina Barnett
Life with Martina...raw and tell all.
Jan 25, 2008 Dimps rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels (Rubyfruit Jungle). She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.
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