A fifty-year-old Bridge game in New Haven, Connecticut provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. In her memoir, “The Bridge Ladies,” 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.
Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers, Food and Loathing, and The Bridge Ladies. She has an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize, and The Tony Godwin Publishing Fellowship. As a partner with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, she represents a wide range of non-fiction writers including Patti Smith, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Temple Grandin