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  1. 40 Love: A Novel
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  2. 40 Love: A Novel

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Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Madeleine Wickham
Binding
Hardcover
Edition
First Edition
Format
Bargain Price
Label
Thomas Dunne Books
Manufacturer
Thomas Dunne Books
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
288
PublicationDate
2011-08-30
Publisher
Thomas Dunne Books
ReleaseDate
2011-08-30
Studio
Thomas Dunne Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

If Shakespeare's Macbeths had held a tennis party, it would have been just as Madeleine Wickham describes it in her wonderful novel, The Tennis Party. This is a book about the haves, the have-nots and the just plain obnoxious. Caroline and Patrick Chance invite three couples to their English country house, ostensibly to play tennis. Annie and Stephen are overmortgaged and so poor that Annie can't afford tennis clothes for the party and has to borrow from Caroline. Smarmy Charles, an old friend of Patrick's, comes to the party with his spoiled, obnoxious wife, the wealthy Cressida. Equally obnoxious are Don and Valerie, an aggressive father and daughter team who are the only ones who really believe that the weekend is about tennis - and care about nothing but winning the weekend games. But the real game is the one Patrick plays off the tennis court in the den of his country manor, where he attempts, one by one, to persuade each of his male guests to engage in a shaky... Read more
I'm very disappointed to report that this seems to be a reissue of The Tennis Party. I read it years ago and it was a pretty good book, but I don't want to purchase it again! The reviews for both 40 Love and The Tennis Party discuss the main characters Patrick and Caroline Chance, and their residence White House. I doubt I'm putting 2+2 together and getting anything other than 4!
I usually enjoy Kinsella/Wickham's novels. I'm relieved to learn from other reviewers that this is just a reissue of her first novel, as otherwise I would be wondering what in the world happened to her writing. Unlikeable characters(with the exception of Stephen, Annie, Georgina and Nicola), filthy language (how many times can you say the "F" word in one sentence), interminable blow-by-blow descriptions of tennis games, and a depressing ending. Thumbs down.
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