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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Aug. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450241352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450241359
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Patricia Sands reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships in her new book, The Bridge Club, a moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. Experience their journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years. An excellent choice for Book Clubs. --Kathy Scott, Founder, Me And My 1000 Girlfriends, That's Who! February 2011

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Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, terminal illness and grief? For most women, it’s often within their own circle of friends. Author Patricia Sands reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships in her new book, The Bridge Club, a moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. What began as one night turns into four decades that span the segments of a woman’s journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years. Based loosely on her own bridge club, Sands weaves the reader through a maze of life’s inevitable scenarios as the club bears the death of a member’s spouse, one woman’s meeting with her biological mother, the inevitable marital and health issues, and another’s final chance at freedom from the painful addiction to alcohol through rehab. “There are many subjects I address in the book that are controversial. Some people may wonder if they were chosen to thicken the plot,” says Sands. “Although I have taken liberties with the actual events, and it is truly a work of fiction, most issues faced by the characters in the book were experienced in my own bridge club. The bottom line of the story is a testament to friendship and hope.” The final chapter of The Bridge Club challenges our principles as one woman begins to descend into dementia. It’s the PERFECT book club choice.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan on Nov. 19 2010
Format: Paperback
A wonderful collection of life stories, culminating in one that sends all of us into a soul searching place to contemplate what our choice would be. Thought provoking, insightful and a true celebration of women and friends. Congratulations to Patricia Sands on a warm, compassionate and meaningful first novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex on Sept. 18 2010
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This is a must-read. I couldn't put it down. The character development was very well done and the ending thought-provoking. As a bonus I enjoyed the bridge hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on Dec 18 2010
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If you have ever wanted to be a proverbial fly on the wall in a room with eight women, this is the book for you.
However, it may not be what you are thinking. The Bridge Club is a book about eight women who have known each other for 40+ years. Each chapter of the book details one of the women's personal issues, the subjects of which range from personal family challenges, to life threatening illnesses, to grief counseling and untimately to the subject of taking one's own life. The stories are emotional and riveting. Read and enjoy. Well done Pat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry G. Murphy on Feb. 27 2011
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I was a bit reluctant to read this first novel as I don't play bridge and I'm a guy. To me, this book with its partly pink cover [[ASIN:1450241352 The Bridge Club] looked like a novel exclusively for women. But, I was wrong. Its basic message is friendship and the very strong bond among a group of women, who just happen to play bridge. Patricia has developed strong and very interesting characters, writes beautifully, and has written a novel that is hard to put down. Although her women experience life challenges, such as alcoholism, Internet porn addiction, infidelity, cancer, and terminal illness, I've experienced many of the same concerns among my male friends. As a result, this is a novel that should be read by ANYONE who loves great writing and a "can't-put-down" story! I can't wait to read Patricia's next novel and wish her well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on June 25 2014
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I loved these women, and after I finished reading the book, I missed them. This book was about friendship, and support through thick and thin. There were no superheroes but rather smart competent caring women who supported one another through some painful events in their lives.

Through Patricia's words , I made a connection to each of these lovely ladies, shared in their pain and cheered them on. Her descriptions of the Toronto area, painted pictures for me and I felt I was there.

This book is a thoughtful, insightful look at not only the 8 women but also made me reflect - on what I would do in such a situation.
Thank you Patricia for letting us in on the BC - how lucky these women were to have one another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB Johnston on April 20 2012
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What a wonderful book exploring the enduring friendships of a group of women through 4 decades of their every changing lives. Their loyalty throughout the most difficult of situations is strong and their love for one another equally strong. These women all come from a variety of backgrounds and each is met with an event in their life where they call upon The Bridge club to help and support them during difficult times. There is never any question that each of the women will be there for one another.
I loved this book. It reminded me of the special friendship I share with a group of girlfriends. I hope we will remain as full of fun and have such a love of life as these wonderful women do in this great book. A real tear-jerker too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lin01 on March 2 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It would be so nice to have such a long standing group of girl friends. A group that basically grow up together through all the changes that life hands us, both good and bad. Friends to cry with, laugh with, confide in. Friends who understand and support in a way a husband just can't. I wish I was part of this Bridge Club...even though I don't play bridge.
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