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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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  • DIANE
  • Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada
  • 06-05-17

Profound

This story transcended the actual account of the Bridge Ladies of which Betsy's mom was a member. There was an onion peeled back layer by layer, exposing the delicate intricacies of her relationship with her mother, and her mother's pain, secrets and triumphs. The characters are pithy and significant, each with her own story. I'm glad I didn't miss this book because it's a treasure.

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  • carole
  • ORLAND PARK, IL, United States
  • 03-31-17

Delightful!

What a wonderful book for anyone who has ever played Bridge or whose mother was a Bridge player! A lovely memoir and a wonderful perspective on how Bridge is more than playing cards. The story was great, the narrator was excellent.

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I Related to this Story

What did you like best about The Bridge Ladies? What did you like least?

I am the same age as the author, child of Jewish Bridge players. So this book resonated! And her writing is lovely!

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator mangled more than the Yiddish - she mangled some English, too! Nonagenerian and Anathema not pronounced right? Yikes!

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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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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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An easy-to-listen to book CT folks will enjoy

I enjoyed listening to the book and hearing references of towns and places I know from living in CT. I would have liked it if the narrator had known the Yiddish words she read; her pronunciation was off on quite few. Overall, it was a nice memoir.

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  • wjo
  • Colorado
  • 06-21-18

If you play bridge, read it

This is an in depth view of relationships with Bridge as the vehicle. I loved it.

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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.