SEPARATIONS by Robert Lehrman

SEPARATIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When Kim's parents divorce, she and her mother move from the suburbs into New York City, and her hopes to become a ranked tennis player seem doomed (apparently, a move to Manhattan is sure trouble for its lack of courts). But Kim perseveres with a good coach, daily workouts in Central Park, and games with a new friend. Meanwhile, she secretly meets her father for games, yearns to play a different style of tennis than the one at which she excels, and believes that her mother probably lost her father because she "let herself go." Tennis terms and moves clutter and even obscure the court scenes here, as well as Kim's discussions with her friends and parents over how she should change her game. Intent on depicting the joys and downside of New York life, Lehrman sometimes allows his storyline to go under. Still, he scores with some refreshing scenes of divorce (Kim's parents sit ill the front seat of a 1980 Mercedes, both sobbing).

ISBN: 670-81646-9
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2000




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