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  • Published:

    May 3, 2016
  • ISBN:

    9780062354464
  • Pages:

    320
  • Size:

    6.4" x 9.5"
  • Weight:

    1 lb
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Book Title and Author Byline

The Bridge Ladies

A Memoir

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About the Book

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.

About the Author

Betsy Lerner

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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.

Reviews

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 —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

Dallas Morning News Dallas Morning News

Boston Globe Boston Globe

Publishers Weekly (starred review) Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand and You're Wearing THAT? —Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand and You're Wearing THAT?

Patti Smith, author of Just Kids and M Train —Patti Smith, author of Just Kids and M Train

Washington Post Washington Post

O, the Oprah Magazine O, the Oprah Magazine

New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review

Providence Journal Providence Journal

Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air —Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

George Hodgman, author of Bettyville —George Hodgman, author of Bettyville

Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club —Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club

Awards

  • The Alan Truscott Memorial Award (2016)
  • 2016 Nautilus Award WInner: SILVER in Memoir and Women

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