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Sudden Death

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  762 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Outrageous, irrepressible and endlessly  entertaining, the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle  and Bingo spins a behind-the-scenes tale of women's  professional tennis that dramtically intertwines  the heart-stopping excitement of competition and  the lingering heartache of intimate human bonds.  Carmen Semanan loves three things passionalty:  tennis, money and profess ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1983)
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Rebecca Schaft
Getwijfeld tussen twee en drie sterren. Het verhaal tegen de achtergrond van het vrouwentennis begin jaren 80 heeft voor minder aantrekkingskracht dan de maatschappelijke setting in Venusnijd. Toch is het een doorlezer, al lijkt het nergens echt spannend te worden en blijft het allemaal wat aan de oppervlakte. Brown heeft duidelijk iets met de Griekse mythologie (ook in Venusnijd een aanwezig thema), maar in dit verhaal komt het niet veel verder van wat namedropping zonder dat het echt wat aan h ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian
I agree with another reviewer that this book is totally a lesbian soap opera; the drama is abundant and a little over the top. The tennis matches are well-written and keep a fast pace. I am uninterested in tennis, but the match descriptions actually make me want to watch tennis--even if just for five minutes. However, the rest of the book is unengaging and the ending is very unsatisfying. I didn't much like any of the characters except for Baby Jesus, the cat. My favorite scene is Harriet's fake ...more
Freyja Vanadis
May 23, 2012 Freyja Vanadis rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Feb 11, 2009 Alix. rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Shafer
Jul 21, 2011 Mary Shafer rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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.
Jun 08, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
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May 29, 2008 Gina Barnett rated it it was amazing
Life with Martina...raw and tell all.
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Love her!
Jul 31, 2013 Janet rated it it was ok
A fan of the author, but must also be a fan of tennis to enjoy this book.
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Apr 20, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports, glbt
Women's professionla tennis and the scandal of lesbian relationships is the focus of this novel.
Luci Lytle
Aug 14, 2009 Luci Lytle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'm not into tennis. I'd rather read one of her other books.
Feb 08, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok
Very light reading- I love all the Rita Mae Browns for a quick snack.
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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.

Brown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her biological mother's female cousin and the cousin's husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the Un
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