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THE BRIDGE LADIES: A memoir ~Betsy Lerner

“This is the best book about mothers and daughters I’ve read in decades, maybe ever.  I just loved it, related to it viscerally, kept calling up my daughters to read passages aloud to them.  It’s about – in addition to Bridge, of course – mother-daughter conflict, the desire to love and be loved, aging and loss, discovery and renewal.  Betsy Lerner is a beautiful, achingly honest writer, and THE BRIDGE LADIES is at once heartbreaking and hilarious, uplifting and profound.”  (From the cover, Amy Chua, Yale Law professor and author of BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER)

I just fell into BRIDGE LADIES hoping it would be as wonderful as AND LADIES OF THE CLUB an historic fiction novel, I also adored and have read 3 times.  BRIDGE LADIES is much more contemporary and it truly is a memoir worth reading for most mothers and daughters.  Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending on the advanced readers copy for review.

For 50 plus years, a group of mothers have come together every Monday to enjoy lunch and play Bridge for the afternoon.  The author had a fairly “rocky” relationship with her mother over the years and now in her forties wanted to change up that parental/child programing and find a new wave of connection.  Lerner is very open about her life with her friends but the Bridge Ladies are not as open and there is some speculation among the children about the ties that bind these 5 women and hold them together.  They do all belong to the same temple in New Haven, Connecticut.   Lerner begins attending the Monday lunch/game and interviews the woman each in turn.  She interviews the children and for some of the group – husbands.

Included in the story are Lerner’s Bridge lessons that she begins taking and her detailed descriptions of other players and the culture of Bridge.  She shares with us her need for further counseling sessions to assist in the transformation of her relationship with her mother.

I could certainly relate to this read, as my own Mother for over 50 years belonged to a group called P.E.O., which owns a college and supports this project and women’s education all over the United States.  There is a bond and a lot of getting out the best dishes in this group also.  There is a bond of caring through their focus.  I am sure my Mother would have loved reading THE BRIDGE LADIES.

About Betsy Lerner
Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees and Food and Loathing. She is a recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and the Tony Godwin Prize for Editors, and was selected as one of PEN’s Emerging Writers. Lerner is a partner with the literary agency Dunow, Carlson & Lerner and resides in New Haven, Connecticut.
Find out more about Betsy at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. (From TLC website)

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5 Responses to “THE BRIDGE LADIES: A memoir ~Betsy Lerner”

  1. Deborah Barker Says:

    It sounds a good read, Patricia and I might be tempted to add it to my list. I am currently looking forward to a two week holiday in July where reading will be the order of the day for me. Before then, I have my daughter’s wedding to see through and a battle to win with my 90 year old mother who has, until recently, refused to believe she needs any help in the home.
    Relationships are always fascinating on every level.
    Thank you for bringing this to me. Debbie X

    Patricia Reply:

    Oh those relationships – they can be so bumpy, I know it all too well. These women are very spry in their 80s but a marvelous read and a good one for a vacation. The hard part of the book for me was all the information about Bridge – I just can not seem to learn that game!

    May your trip go well and your mom arrangements too
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  2. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Long-time membership in a group can bring so many fun times and great memories, whether it be a game group or a volunteer group. For me, I see great value in it.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes there seems to be great value in membership to a group
    Thanks for coming by Heather J

  3. Sam Juliano Says:

    Great to read such passion for a novel. It does sound like a great read, and your application is beautifully wrought. At the very least I need to alert Lucille to it, but I’d like to take my investigation further. Beautifully written capsule, Patricia!
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