What price do you pay for prizing success over love? 'Love me, love my game' says twenty-three year-old Willy Novinsky. Ever since she picked up a racquet at the age of four, tennis has been Willy's one love, until the day she meets Eric Oberdorf. She's a middle-ranked professional tennis player and he's a Princeton graduate who took up playing tennis at the age of eighteen. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. But, as Eric's ranking climbs, rivalry turns to resentment, and Willy risks losing everything.
"'A brilliant tale of doomed love' (Observer) 'Shriver has a terrible gift for laying bare for us the emotions that lie just beneath the skin. I doubt that there is any thoughtful woman who does not recognize herself somewhere in Shriver's writing' (Lisa Jardine, Financial Times) 'So fearless that, although readers may not sympathise with her, they'll understand why she's driven to destroy what she loves' (Metro) 'As taut as a well-strung racquet' (Marie Claire)"