By Marshall Jon Fisher

It’s the overdue Eighties, earlier than the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and Robert Cherney, a 30-year-old aspiring author, has left ny urban for a task educating tennis in Munich. apart from deepest classes, he coaches the Maccabi membership men's league staff, a motley workforce of neurotics whose eccentricities appear exacerbated by means of 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 earlier and wracked with guilt over residing so blithely between their mom and dad’ tormentors. one of many gamers on Robert's crew is his ally in Munich, Max Altmann, a profitable and prosperous younger businessman who's additionally Robert’s company, landlord, provocateur, and consultant to Munich's nightlife. as well as attempting to work out his existence and never pass loopy instructing tennis, Robert is attempting to disregard Lexa, the point of interest of years of erotic obsession again in big apple. 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, pissed off creative ambition, and the trouble of being a German Jew are all components of this literary pride that's at turns severe and comedic.

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