What’s better than Prozac, Five Guys, a hand job, and finding forty dollars in your pocket?
BOOKLIST starred Review
Growing up, Lerner (Food and Loathing, 2003) has memories of her mother’s bridge club, dressed in sweater sets, arriving on Mondays for lunch and a game. The five ladies, now in their eighties, are all Jewish, attended college, were full-time homemakers, and have played together for 50 years. Whe circumstances send Lerner back to her childhood home, she returns to all the unresolved issues between her and her mother. Lerner decides that by learning to play bridge and getting to know the club members better, she may be able to finally understand her mother (who still pushes her buttons). As she interviews the ladies, Lerner, used to the open sharing of her generation, is at first stymied by the bridge ladies’ reticence. But as she delves into their pasts (while honing her bridge game), she begins to reluctantly admire their generations’ strict code of conduct and steadfast bravery. Lerner is unfailingly honest in her comments, and her insights into mother-daughter relationship are poignant. Bridge aficionados or not, readers will be drawn into this touching tribute to a generation of women who had seemingly had their priorities straight and their lives in control, at a price. Lerner’s portraits may well help grown daughters facing similar struggles gain some perspective.— Candace Smith
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