The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir by Betsy LernerThe Bridge Ladies: A Memoir by Betsy Lerner

The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

byBetsy Lerner

Paperback | April 26, 2016

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A Bridge club provides an unexpected connection across a generational divide between mother and daughter. Betsy Lerner tells a funny, intimate, and deeply affecting story that’s a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

After a lifetime of defining herself against her mother’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell generation, Lerner found herself back home in the suburban town that represented everything she wanted to flee: namely the traditional life her mother stood for. Yet, when Roz needed help after surgery, Betsy stepped in. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their faithful visits, she saw something her own generation lacked: Facebook was great, but it wouldn’t deliver a pot roast.

Tentatively at first, Betsy became a regular at her mother’s Monday Bridge club, falling under the spell of the intimidating game. Unexpectedly, the Bridge Ladies became a catalyst for change as Betsy and Roz reconciled years of painful misunderstandings and harrowing silences. The Bridge table became the common ground they never had.

Darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies is the unforgettable story of a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter.
Title:The Bridge Ladies: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062565222

ISBN - 13:9780062565228


Rated 5 out of 5 by from This had me at the first page. I barely cracked this book (Library copy) and absolutely love it. I had to share this with fellow-readers. Takes me back to growing up in the '50s (that's 1950's not 1850's....) and the generational differences between the women. Plus, I might even learn something about Bridge! Love the humour!
Date published: 2016-08-31

Editorial Reviews

“The Bridge Ladies reminded me of Tuesdays with Morrie, except it takes place on Mondays and has five Morries. Exquisitely written, in this book are portraits of five women whose like we won’t see again. I devoured it in one greedy sitting, and started re-reading as soon as I finished.”