The Bridge Club Paperback – Aug 25 2010
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
The books starts at the end. You get a taste of what is to come and the ultimate test of friendship is brought to them. Eight chapters are dedicated in turn to each one of the 8 ladies where you are transported to their most important time in their life and they remember the feelings and support they gave each other. Their "one for all and all for one " mantra uniting them in their individual struggles. Drinks, laughter and tears will help them work through their beliefs and values.
I wondered when I got this book if I would be able to connect with a group of ladies with a love of Bridge, not being able to play etc! Like it says on the front of the cover, ..it was never just about the cards. This book is so much more than a group playing bridge. This is a story of hope and sorrow. Friendships tested but always the first place each lady comes when in times of trouble/need or reassurance.
Beautifully written, Patricia introduces you to each Character dedicating a chapter to each one but still showing the closeness of the friendships through out. This book will have you laughing with them but also reaching for a tissue and the struggles they all endure. To me the ending was perfect and I totaly understood the direction that Patricia took and why. Loved the Bridge card display at the end of each chapter with a heading so fitting to what you have just read, lovely touch.
A thought provoking read for anyone, whatever age, who has close friendships that mean the world to them.
What an extraordinary book. From the first word till the last, Ms Sands carry you through the adventures of 8 fabulously wonderful women. These women have been together from the very beginning as bridge partners. They each have their own lives but once under the same roof with the cards dealt in front of them they become a group of friends so tightly entwined that they form their own world.
As I read each amazing story of the individual woman's SOS, I felt I belonged to this group from the beginning. As each woman poured her heart and soul out to the group, I kept waiting for a call, "All for one and one for all!" Each bridge member's lament is universal in nature. There isn't a story that you can't relate to in one-way or another; personally knowing someone you love who is or has struggled with the same challenge or just have heard it through the grapevine. Whatever way you relate to each woman's story, you cannot help but feel compassion and empathy for each situation recalled. I laughed when they laughed, I cried with their tears and my heart ached in rhythm with the group.
Every member of the Bridge Club treats each story told, in its authenticity. Each woman steadfastly remains in her power, never straying from her convictions and beliefs when offering solace for the problem at hand. Every woman had the precious luxury of having 8 sets of shoulders to lean on and 16 hands to help lighten the load of each situation. Every woman in this world would be so lucky to grow old in their journey with such a marvelous support group.Read more ›
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The Orleans Ladies Book Club chose the book, The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands for their November 2015 Book Club Read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Kanary
This is a wonderful book that follows 8 unique women, connected through a monthly bridge club, and how that connection impacts their lives over the years. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Darlene Foster
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. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dianne
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by lin01
It is funny and sad but shows how girlfriends should always behave towards each other. A good lesson for some.Published on May 5 2013 by Amazon Customer
Reading Patricia Sand's The Bridge Club feels a little like taking a long road trip with a friend, she drives as we listen to her narrate this story of eight female characters, a... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2013 by Claire McAlpine