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 Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey

Tennis Lessons

Susannah Dickey

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Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 16 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780857526861

'This is a raw, fierce, shockingly honest coming-of-age story.' LOUISE O'NEILL 'Incredibly funny and honest .

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
14 Jul 2020

"clever, odd and intimate"

Dickey’s powerful writing is what draws us back again. The plot hinges on key moments and events in the narrator’s life – her mother’s depression, her parents’ disintegrating marriage, bullying at school, an affair, a sexual assault – and each of these is brilliantly vivid in its own right. The mother’s disappointment in marriage is passed down to the daughter: “‘Never marry a man just because he seems kind, OK? It might seem like kindness is the most important thing, but kindness has an expiry date, and then all you’re left with is stupid’ – a pause – ‘and inconsiderate.’”