Celebrated author Betsy Lerner spends two years attending her mothers weekly Bridge Club in New Haven, CT-which has met on Mondays for fifty years-and discovers the inner lives of five women from another generation in this warm and insightful look at cross-generational divides and mother-daughter relationships that reveals a bit about Bridge and a lot about life.
A Bridge club provides an unexpected connection across a generational divide between mother and daughter. Betsy Lerner tells a funny, intimate, and deeply affecting story that's a little about Bridge and a lot about life.
After a lifetime of defining herself against her mother's Don't Ask, Don't Tell generation, Lerner found herself back home in the suburban town that represented everything she wanted to flee: namely the traditional life her mother stood for. Yet, when Roz needed help after surgery, Betsy stepped in. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their faithful visits, she saw something her own generation lacked: Facebook was great, but it wouldn't deliver a pot roast.
Tentatively at first, Betsy became a regular at her mother's Monday Bridge club, falling under the spell of the intimidating game. Unexpectedly, the Bridge Ladies became a catalyst for change as Betsy and Roz reconciled years of painful misunderstandings and harrowing silences. The Bridge table became the common ground they never had.
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.
"Lerner's memoir makes a case for spending time together under the rules of neutrality imposed by a game, and approach to living that refrains from over-sharing and outward complaining to concentrate on the task at hand. The bridge ladies are there for one another, even as they keep their feelings to themselves and play on." New York Times Book Review