The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir
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Author(s): Betsy Lerner,
ISBN-10: 0062354469
ISBN-13: 9780062354464
Published: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Harper Wave
Pages: 320
Biographies & Memoirs

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\u2019s \u201cdon\u2019t ask, don\u2019t tell\u201d 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\u2019t deliver a pot roast.

Tentatively at first, Betsy becomes a regular at her mother\u2019s 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\u2014but never-too-late\u2014bond between mother and daughter.

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