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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Slow Smith is in a slump. He's a professional tennis player stuck in his hometown, serving to an empty court. His wife is in a coma and he's afraid he's to blame. Left behind are her Polaroids, obsessive daily records of their life together. Meanwhile Kaz, Slow's lifelong doubles partner, is traveling the world while playing with someone new. Then one afternoon his old coa ...more
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Published May 25th 2010 by Counterpoint Press
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Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I fear that my review may be shorter than the synopsis....

A quick read but nothing very memorable. Not what I expected, kind of bland or meh as people who know me would understand what I mean. There were numerous spelling and grammatical errors and even the wrong names being used.

Beyond these blatant, unforgivable pieces, the themes are somewhat relate-able. The story surrounds betrayal, sex, lying, and affairs amidst superstitions. You'd expect more about tennis, but there is not a lot of symbo
I found it more sad than funny, and under no circumstances could you call it a sports book. The shifting relationships between Slow and his wife and his lifelong partner make tennis itself take a backseat. Since I finished the book, I have been ruminating on the characters and the outcome of their (sad) choices. I enjoyed the scenes at the West Side Tennis Club, because it's a familiar place to me (I always get lost whenever I'm there), and I have some sympathy for Kaz and his superstitions. Min ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was so clever and original, and Slow so endearing. Minor characters like the dreadlocked Brah, Sue-nami, and the mistreated Combover were brilliant as was the random hitchhiker scene. (view spoiler) ...more
Mike Ingram
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vested-interest note: Nic is a former classmate of mine, and I consider him a friend. Also, I grew up playing tennis, and still play tennis. So I guess you could say this book is pretty firmly in my wheelhouse. It's funny and honest and it really gets the tennis stuff right. Particularly interesting to me is the dynamic of being a doubles player in a professional tennis world that doesn't pay all that much attention to doubles (except for the periodic "they're still around!" story about the Brya ...more
Colin Bruce Anthes
With Doubles, one can almost feel Nic Brown gradually falling in love with his characters. It begins rather technically, as if he doesn't yet know what he's writing about, and is making things happen to find out. But even as the plot works its way into a love triangle, rectangle, rhombus, the attachment to the characters continues to grow,and authenticity shines through the convoluted storyline as if it's altogether seperate. The connection to the wife character in particular is clear as a bell. ...more
Marcy McKaig
I'm still in the middle of this book. I just can't believe the editor didn't catch the misspelling of Chris Evert's name. That just blew me away! A few other things showed the author's lack of tennis experience -- like, at the beginning, (page 6), he talks about Manny hitting the racquet against his palm. Well, that's not what you do. You hit it against the heel of your hand. Those inaccuracies just drive me nuts.
Michael Holland
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very moving, a rememberable combination of humor and sadness. I veiw the book as mostly funny and then Nic brings the hammer down at the end. A future classic, perhaps. There are many topics he touches on....relationships, sexuality, life, change, tennis!, etc...and it reminded me how special life is, and love, but not control.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A kooky bittersweet book about a guy who has never been without a partner in tennis or life, and is adrift without one. I got a kick out of the Chapel Hill landmarks, as I agree that the police station looks like a spaceship crashed into a hillside.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed his first novel, but was disappointed in this one. However! The Chapel Hill details were kinda charming, especially when the character named Anne moves to Glenn Lennox and gets bird tattoos.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't count the number of times I put this book down, sometimes for weeks at a time. However, the protagonist, Slow, the relationships, the raw humanity always brought me back. At once heartwrenching and hilarious, this is some pretty great writing. I'll be back.
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Nic Brown is the author of the novels In Every Way, Doubles, and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University, he was the 2012-13 John and Renee ...more
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