The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Betsy Lerner

Narrated By: Orlagh Cassidy

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: May 2016

Duration: 8 hours 52 minutes


A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.
After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” generation, Lerner finds herself back in her childhood home, not five miles from the mother she spent decades avoiding. When Roz needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got instead were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their loyalty, she saw something her generation lacked. Facebook was great, but it wouldn’t deliver a pot roast.
Tentatively at first, Betsy becomes a regular at her mother’s Monday Bridge club. Through her friendships with the ladies, she is finally able to face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy, the Bridge table becoming the common ground she and Roz never had.
By turns 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.


  • Joan Morabito

    Highly recommend this book! Was great to listen to. So many moments that ring true to my own life.

  • Keith Proto

    "The Bridge Ladies" captured and captivated me. Betsy Lerner has done a brilliant job of telling her story through sharp wit and the wiping away of tears. No page left me without n emotional reaction. Anyone who has ever had a relationship with their parents will relate to this whether male or female. I highly recommend it!

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