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    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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The Lights Are Much Brighter There

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TOnight was the big launch event at the JCC with the Bridge Ladies: Rhoda, Bette, Jackie and my mother Roz. We had over 200 people and I think at least half of them had been to my bat mitzvah. I’m a lot less angry than I was then. Nothing like thirty years of therapy to round out some of the rough edges. It was really fun. They sold out the books. The ladies were marvelous. I read the gefilte fish excerpt, which is a crowd pleaser. We did it. We did it! Thanks to everyone who came out. IT was wonderful.

7 Responses

  1. Sounds like a smashing success! So glad it went well.

    I enjoyed the more intimate event at the Wesport B&N yesterday, and am gobbling up the book, trying to pace myself so I can savor it.

    Great to meet you yesterday, Betsy.

  2. Mazel tov, big time! Wish I could make it to one of these events. So enjoying your reports, as I wait for my turn after 10 holds on the 5 copies in the Maine library system…

  3. You’ve really made it in most profound sense!

  4. Betsy it is absolutely wonderful that the ladies and your mom get to accompany you on this ride.
    As young women we seldom think forward enough, and barely imagine, the kind of experience you are providing for these wonderful women. To allow all of us into your lives is such a precious gift. As I read I am getting more in touch with my own mom. She’s been gone for some time now, I hope somehow she knows.

  5. Betsy, yesterday was really thrilling. All those people! You were fabulous and so were the ladies. We’re beginning to think that Rozzy baby is even funnier than you. Everyone was interested and engaged proof is all the books were sold. Spoke with Nona and John for a minute and both were very warm. One of our bridge buddies said we knew more people there than she did and she’s a native! Our daughter-law was hysterical from you so you have another new fan. Spoke with Wendy Frieden and asked if maybe we could get a lesson just in no trump. If you’re interested let me know. Loved your Bat Mitzvah picture….so sweet. You should be walking on air and very well deserved….a success from start to finish. Thanks for the kind words you signed. Hope you’ll still be in Chappaqua Tues. Love you lots and thank you again for a warm, stimulating and fun afternoon. Hope we can get together before the sequel comes out!!!!

    Xxoo B and B

    Barbara Barkin Sent from my iPhone

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  6. Would have loved to seen it! I was thrilled just to walk into Barnes & Noble yesterday and buy your book off the shelf! Driving those sales up one follower at a time. Maybe you could take a trip up 95 to Providence. I bet Books on the Square would love to host you!!

  7. I am very happy for you and The Bridge Ladies, Betsy

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