QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:
“What you learn as you grow older and life tests you in ways for which you are never prepared, is that showing up matters. The simple, unremarkable, un-heroic act of being there, bearing witness, saying in one way or another: I am with you. There is nothing that carries the seal of friendship quite as firmly as being there in crisis.”
“Why do we wait until a person is gone before we write so eloquently about what they meant to us?"
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”
"For more than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been “one for all and all for one.” Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass. The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeing to disagree is the final solution. From the exhilarating cultural changes of their early times together through the “zoomer” years, their connection never falters.
As they celebrate turning sixty (give or take a year) at a group birthday weekend, each woman recalls a challenging time in her life when the Bridge Club came to the rescue. After tossing around ideas mixed with a generous helping of common sense and a large dose of laughter they decide to refer to that time as their “SOS”. Eight chapters document each one’s story.
Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life-altering decision. Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values. The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined."
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