Picks and Pans Review: Love Match: Nelson Vs. Navratilova

updated 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Sandra Faulkner with Judy Nelson

Even readers normally given to sympathy for the underdog will find this account of the now defunct relationship between Judy Nelson and tennis star Martina Navratilova nausealingly self-serving and unenlightening. Nelson—the Texas beauty queen turned housewife who left her husband and sons to live with Navratilova and subsequently sued her for what came to be known as galimony—comes off as terminally bubbleheaded. (For example, she complains nobody ever "got past how I looked," then goes on to describe everyone else in clichéd physical terms.) Nelson's sections alternate with psychobabble from coauthor and sociologist Faulkner. There's probably a compelling book to be written about (a) same-sex relationships involving a famous athlete; (b) the litigation boom among erstwhile lovers; (e) a jilted partner's coming to terms with her loss. But this is none of the above. (Birch Lane, $19.95)

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