The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

By Betsy Lerner

A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother's "don't ask, don't tell" generation, Lerner finds herself back in her childhood home, not five miles from the mother she spent decades avoiding. When Roz needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got instead were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their loyalty, she saw something her generation lacked. Facebook was great, but it wouldn't deliver a pot roast.

Tentatively at first, Betsy becomes a regular at her mother's Monday Bridge club. Through her friendships with the ladies, she is finally able to face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy, the Bridge table becoming the common ground she and Roz never had.

By turns 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.



    REVIEW QUOTES
"A heartfelt and affecting memoir."--Washington Post
Through the alchemy of a grand game, Betsy Lerner has woven a universal coming of age story for both mother and daughter. A poignant, humorous and often painful struggle through the pageantry of playing cards; a woman s face on every one. --Patti Smith, author of Just Kids and M Train"
This is the best book about mothers and daughters I ve read in decades, maybe ever. It s about mother-daughter conflict, the desire to love and be loved, aging and loss, discovery and renewal. Lerner is an achingly honest writer, and The Bridge Ladies is at once heartbreaking and hilarious. --Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America"



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Publisher Harper Perennial
Publish date 05/20/2017
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9780062354471
ISBN-10 0062354477
Language English

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