By Marshall Jon Fisher
It’s the overdue Nineteen Eighties, earlier than the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and Robert Cherney, a 30-year-old aspiring author, has left manhattan urban for a task instructing tennis in Munich. other than deepest classes, he coaches the Maccabi membership men's league staff, a motley staff of neurotics whose eccentricities appear exacerbated via their scenario as Jews residing in Germany. they've got made fortunes in postwar Germany yet are hounded day-by-day by means of the ghosts of the previous and wracked with guilt over dwelling so blithely between their mom and dad’ tormentors. one of many gamers on Robert's staff is his ally in Munich, Max Altmann, a profitable and prosperous younger businessman who's additionally Robert’s supplier, landlord, provocateur, and consultant to Munich's nightlife. as well as attempting to work out his lifestyles and never move loopy instructing tennis, Robert is attempting to disregard Lexa, the point of interest of years of erotic obsession again in manhattan. assisting him are Ingrid, a 40-ish Maccabi member and tennis scholar, and Veronique, a 25-year-old Jewish graduate scholar whom Max attempts to establish with Robert. Love, tennis, intercourse, annoyed inventive ambition, and the obstacle of being a German Jew are all parts of this literary satisfaction that's at turns severe and comedic.
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