• Bridge Ladies

    Bridge Ladies Sometimes I think a meteor could strike the earth and wipe out mankind with the exception of my mother’s Bridge club — Roz, Bea, Bette, Rhoda, and Jackie — five Jewish octogenarians who continue to gather for lunch and Bridge on Mondays as they have for over fifty years. When I set out to learn about the women behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, and most of all the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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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

15 Responses

  1. Well done, you. Never doubted for a second.

  2. This, for sure is the bees knees. As always, you’re my hero. Now you can go have some 5 guys – and maybe ask them to take you out for a burger after?!

  3. Huzzah! Looking forward to reading it.

  4. This puts that Amazon review in its proper place.

  5. I can’t wait to read this. Here’s what I know. I’ve read your work and reviews (IMO) really only matter to the writer. Even if every single review you shared said it sucked to high heaven, I’d still read it b/c I happen to LOVE your writing.

    How’s that?

  6. Nice. Every time I read something about The Bridge Ladies I want to find out more about these women. In this review, the line that stuck out was: “… attended college, were full time homemakers….”. What became of that education and what was college like for women in the 1950s? I’m intrigued.

    • What became of that education?
      Um, well, college educated moms raise offspring like Betsy and other interesting people hanging out here. You lose none of your education by choosing to stay at home.

  7. Of course!
    I want that lunch.

  8. That’s a million-dollar review, and I bet it’s tastier than magical calorie-free Five Guys.

  9. Most excellent!

  10. So cool. Can’t wait!

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