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By Marshall Jon Fisher

It’s the overdue Nineteen Eighties, in advance of the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and Robert Cherney, a 30-year-old aspiring author, has left manhattan urban for a role educating tennis in Munich. apart from deepest classes, he coaches the Maccabi membership men's league workforce, a motley team of neurotics whose eccentricities look exacerbated via their scenario as Jews residing in Germany. they've got made fortunes in postwar Germany yet are hounded day-by-day through the ghosts of the previous and wracked with guilt over residing so blithely between their mom and dad’ tormentors. one of many avid gamers on Robert's staff is his ally in Munich, Max Altmann, a profitable and prosperous younger businessman who's additionally Robert’s agency, landlord, provocateur, and consultant to Munich's nightlife. as well as attempting to determine his existence and never pass loopy educating tennis, Robert is attempting to overlook Lexa, the focal point of years of erotic obsession again in manhattan. supporting 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 issue of being a German Jew are all materials of this literary satisfaction that's at turns severe and comedic.

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