By Marshall Jon Fisher
It’s the past due Nineteen Eighties, previous to the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and Robert Cherney, a 30-year-old aspiring author, has left long island urban for a role instructing tennis in Munich. apart from inner most classes, he coaches the Maccabi membership men's league workforce, a motley staff of neurotics whose eccentricities appear exacerbated by means of their state of affairs as Jews dwelling in Germany. they've got made fortunes in postwar Germany yet are hounded day-by-day via the ghosts of the prior and wracked with guilt over dwelling so blithely between their mom and dad’ tormentors. one of many gamers on Robert's crew is his ally in Munich, Max Altmann, a winning and filthy rich younger businessman who's additionally Robert’s service provider, landlord, provocateur, and advisor to Munich's nightlife. as well as attempting to work out his existence and never move loopy instructing tennis, Robert is attempting to omit Lexa, the focal point of years of erotic obsession again in ny. aiding him are Ingrid, a 40-ish Maccabi member and tennis student, and Veronique, a 25-year-old Jewish graduate pupil whom Max attempts to establish with Robert. Love, tennis, intercourse, annoyed inventive ambition, and the quandary of being a German Jew are all constituents of this literary satisfaction that's at turns critical and comedic.
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A Backhanded Gift: A Novel by Marshall Jon Fisher