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The Bridge Ladies Audiobook

The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

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A 50-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 gets instead are the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their loyalty, she sees something her generation lacks. Facebook is great, but it won'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.

©2016 Betsy Lerner (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    A. Ahlschwede San Antonio, TX 10-27-16
    A. Ahlschwede San Antonio, TX 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hours of complaining about her mother"

    If you can get past the first 4 chapters of her complaining about her mother in rambling monologues you may be able to tolerate the rest of it. Thoughtful in ways but not particularly interesting or unique.

    I thought the bridge portions would be more interesting but seemed extraneous in the context of the story.

    The performance was good but made often me sleepy .

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    Bonnie 08-30-16
    Bonnie 08-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "BORING!!!"

    This is a book I am very ambivalent about. It was what I expected but overall, it was boring. I wish I had returned it.

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    Susan Chicago 08-03-16
    Susan Chicago 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "You can tell she's a poet"

    This book is excellently written-- funny and profound. I grew up in an environment similar to the author's, which enhanced the content for me. My only criticism is that the narrator mangled all the Yiddish words.

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