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Carrie Soto is Back

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hutchinson Heinemann

Did you grow up watching Wimbledon in the 80’s?  You will LOVE this book!  It’s like a step back in time.  All the great names come rushing back – McEnroe, Bjorg, Graaf, Navratilova – and Carrie Soto (who I must tell you feels so real you want to Google her just in case!)

The year is 1994 and Carrie is 37 years old.  She retired 6 years ago as the TOP player in the world, having shattered all the records and won all the Slams. She’s sitting in the stands of the US Open with her father – who used to be her coach – when a young British player threatens her record and in an instant Carrie decides to come out of retirement for one last year to reclaim it!

Such a fab read for tennis lovers.  All the background info – the tournaments, the players, the locker room, the media, the fans, the pressure, the emotion – and so much more.  Sexism and racism in sport, public persona vs private insecurities, the toll that high-level sport takes… it’s an ace of a read!

 

Carrie Soto . . . is like other sports novels in which underdogs punch, volley, bat and birdie their way to victory or additional defeat, but it goes beyond this to explore sexism and racism in the tennis world in the 1990s. . . . This novel will grab you. You’ll tear through blow-by-blow descriptions of championship matches on some of the most famous tennis courts in the world. . . – The Washington Post

Reid writes about the game with suspense, transforming a tennis match into a page-turner even for readers who don’t care about sports. . . . A compulsively readable look at female ambition. – Kirkus Reviews

Come for the King Richard–level attention to the art of the game; stay for the more personal soap operas unfolding off the court, and the final score. – Entertainment Weekly

seriously inspiring – Cosmopolitan

The books in Reid’s famous women quartet stand alone. . . . But each of the books centers a vibrant protagonist managing the tensions between her glamorous life in the public eye and the pressures she feels in private . . . with Reid meticulously collecting minute yet meaningful details to help build immersive worlds – TIME

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