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Sudden Death [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
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March 1 1984
Outrageous, irrepressible and endlessly  entertaining, the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle  and Bingo spins a behind-the-scenes tale of women's  professional tennis that dramtically intertwines  the heart-stopping excitement of competition and  the lingering heartache of intimate human bonds.  Carmen Semanan loves three things passionalty:  tennis, money and professor Harriet Rawls. Just  twenty-four, Carmen is at her peak as one of the  world's top-seeded tennis champions, determined to win  the coveted Grand Slam. She is protected from  everything but the grueling demands of her sport by an  avericious agent and her devoted gusty Harriet.  All the odds are in her favor. But there are weeds  growing in her paradise patch. Carmen's vey latin  brother, Miguel, parlays her succes into a  financial house of cards with deals that include  smuggling, forgery, and fraud. Susan Reilly, Carmen's  archrival and former lover, leaks word of Carms's  relationship with Harriet to the press--and tennis's  best-kept secret is blown into a front-page  scandal. From the French Open to Wimbledon, jealousies,  ambitions and passions are set to explode. Now,  with everything she cherishes on the line, Carmen  must test the true depths of her feelings-both on  and off the court.

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"If you thought Nora  Ephron's Heartburn has cornered the  market on true hearbreak, thinly veiled, make room  for Sudden Death. . . .it not  only chops the stars of women's professional tennis  down to size; it tackles the whole pro tennis  establishment."--The Washington Post.

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Outrageous, irrepressible and endlessly entertaining, the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo spins a behind-the-scenes tale of women's professional tennis that dramtically intertwines the heart-stopping excitement of competition and the lingering heartache of intimate human bonds. Carmen Semanan loves three things passionalty: tennis, money and professor Harriet Rawls. Just twenty-four, Carmen is at her peak as one of the world's top-seeded tennis champions, determined to win the coveted Grand Slam. She is protected from everything but the grueling demands of her sport by an avericious agent and her devoted gusty Harriet. All the odds are in her favor. But there are weeds growing in her paradise patch. Carmen's vey latin brother, Miguel, parlays her succes into a financial house of cards with deals that include smuggling, forgery, and fraud. Susan Reilly, Carmen's archrival and former lover, leaks word of Carms's relationship with Harriet to the press--and tennis's best-kept secret is blown into a front-page scandal. From the French Open to Wimbledon, jealousies, ambitions and passions are set to explode. Now, with everything she cherishes on the line, Carmen must test the true depths of her feelings-both on and off the court.

"If you thought Nora Ephron's Heartburn has cornered the market on true hearbreak, thinly veiled, make room for Sudden Death. . . .it not only chops the stars of women's professional tennis down to size; it tackles the whole pro tennis establishment."--The Washington Post.


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Even though this book was terrible, it starred lesbians, and that's got to count for something. Exactly 2 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tennis Soap Opera April 18 1998
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A more-than-likely realistic look at the female pro-tennis circuit from Martina's erstwhile lover, Rita Mae Brown. Includes an erotic lesbian encounter in a motel room between female tennis star, the dominant Carmen Semana, and her latest conquest, the submissive Bonnie Bishop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet revenge served with a spin Feb. 15 1998
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This book, clearly about the author's time as Martina Navratilova's tennis tour spouse, manages to relive the time withoutjilted love bitterness (or even mentioning the tennis star). Very good description of the tennis circuit. Contains one of Brown's best ever scenes: the verbal battle between two friends (winner gets a Tiffany stick pin) to name the most brand names of movie theatre candy -- hilarious and uniqely Rita Mae Brown.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tennis Soap Opera April 18 1998
By Mide98@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A more-than-likely realistic look at the female pro-tennis circuit from Martina's erstwhile lover, Rita Mae Brown. Includes an erotic lesbian encounter in a motel room between female tennis star, the dominant Carmen Semana, and her latest conquest, the submissive Bonnie Bishop.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet revenge served with a spin Feb. 15 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, clearly about the author's time as Martina Navratilova's tennis tour spouse, manages to relive the time withoutjilted love bitterness (or even mentioning the tennis star). Very good description of the tennis circuit. Contains one of Brown's best ever scenes: the verbal battle between two friends (winner gets a Tiffany stick pin) to name the most brand names of movie theatre candy -- hilarious and uniqely Rita Mae Brown.
4.0 out of 5 stars Will enjoy whether you play tennis or not. March 19 2014
By CC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have always enjoyed this author's books. The reading is quick and easy. If you liked this you will want to read her other books.
2.0 out of 5 stars too graphic Feb. 9 2014
By LA Lady - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually read her murder mysteries, and I really love those. I'm planning on sticking with those in the future. This was too graphic for me.
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Jan. 29 2014
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like Rita Mae Brown and have read nearly all of her books. This one was a total bust, I didn't finish it. Would not recommend it.
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