By Marshall Jon Fisher
It’s the past due Eighties, in advance of the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and Robert Cherney, a 30-year-old aspiring author, has left big apple urban for a task educating tennis in Munich. apart from deepest classes, he coaches the Maccabi membership men's league staff, a motley crew of neurotics whose eccentricities look exacerbated via their state of affairs as Jews residing 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 residing so blithely between their mom and dad’ tormentors. one of many avid gamers on Robert's crew is his ally in Munich, Max Altmann, a profitable and prosperous younger businessman who's additionally Robert’s agency, landlord, provocateur, and advisor to Munich's nightlife. as well as attempting to determine his lifestyles and never cross loopy educating tennis, Robert is making an attempt to fail to remember Lexa, the focal point of years of erotic obsession again in ny. supporting 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, pissed off inventive ambition, and the quandary of being a German Jew are all components of this literary pride that's at turns critical and comedic.
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