Book Review – The Bridge Ladies – A Memoir

The Bridge Ladies – A Memoir by Betsy Lerner (MacMillan) ISBN: 9781447272519

Award-winning author and long-time editor. Betsy Lerner is a partner in a literary agency when her husband’s job relocation brings her back to her childhood hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. The prospect of living a stone’s throw from her 83-year-old, widowed mother makes Betsy anxious. Their relationship has always been a brittle affair.

Now, at 54, can she find a way to stop reacting like a rebellious child to the perceived criticisms her mother fires at her? Can her stoical, disciplined Jewish mother let her guard down for a daughter who wears her heart on her sleeve, doesn’t have her hair done or visit a manicurist weekly, isn’t always dressed up and accessorised meticulously?

Betsy takes to attending her mother’s Monday bridge club get-togethers with Bea, Bette, Rhoda and Jackie.For 55 years the bridge club has been an integral part of the ladies’ lives and friendships. In time Betsy gets to know and appreciate the ladies. She takes bridge lessons.

Gradually she realises that she has gained far more than a skill and passion for the game; she has learnt much about herself and finally has discovered how to enjoy a rewarding mother-daughter relationship.

Irene Roper
Posted on: 4th July 2016