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Carrie’s Conversation with Michele:
What inspired you to write It’s Not Your Mother’s Bridge Club?
It’s Not Your Mother’s Bridge Club is the story of a group of women who gather monthly to play the dice game, “bunko.” I’ve been part of bunko group for the past eight years. This means eight years of first-Thursday-of-the-month, girls’-night-out experiences, and each time I get together with these women they make me laugh, they make me cry, and they make me know I’ve got friends on whom I can rely when I truly need them. Since millions of American women belong to bunko groups, I believed they’d be able to relate to the women of the Snake Eyes Dice Club. And so I created a group of fictional characters. I’ve tried to make them as funny and interesting as my real life friends . . . but this was a tall order.
Give us an idea of the plot without giving too much away.
This is primarily a character study. Most bunko groups have 12 players who play a simple dice game that takes very little thought and no strategy. I reduced the number to eight. Believe me it was enough having eight fictional women living in my head as I wrote their story. The characters are middle-aged and middle-to upper-middle class, and they live in a desert community, the Rattlesnake Valley. What they have in common is their
You may have already seen this, but it touched me so much, I can’t resist posting it on my website. I contacted Kelly’s publicist in hopes she’d agree to be on Words To Mouth ~ Let’s hope she says “Yes!”
BAREFOOT ~ A beach house, two sisters, and a girlfriend…Sounds heavenly–relaxing, even with a couple kids in tow…
Now, I can handle a bit of vomit and lost luggage, but Hilderbrand mercilessly tugs at all of my feminine heartstrings; marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship…oh, and that pesky fear-of-death thing.
Meet the Girls:
- Melanie deals with infertility overshadowed by infidelity, and then further complicated with pregnancy — “POW!”
- Brenda’s promising academic career hangs in jeopardy due to an entirely separate affair—this one seemingly harmless, except for the minor detail that it was with one of her students — “ZING!”
- And then there’s Vicki with two small children to raise and hit with a cancer diagnosis — “BAM!”
Pan to the dark clouds parting, casting light down upon the crown of an attractive college student, Josh, who ends up being so much more to these conflicted women than a “Guy Friday” (Hence, Self magazine’s “Beaches meets The Graduate” review).
And this is all just in the first chapter…
Phew! And here I thought I was in for a relaxing day on Nantucket’s shores. I need a vacation, just trying to keep up with these gals.
All facetiousness aside…Barefoot was my first of Hilderbrand’s books, but not my last. It’s a quick read with a poignant underlying theme and resolution. Her descriptions made me anxious for that coveted time at my family’s North Carolina beach house. Thank God, I don’t have to deal with all the Barefoot turmoil.
I love what Hilderbrand shares in the “Conversation” at the end of the book. She says, “I had claimed that, after A Summer Affair (her next novel due out July 1st). was complete, I would take a ‘year off.’ My ‘year off’ lasted for about two weeks. Writing is like a genetic disease…and I can’t seem to find a cure!”
Now, THAT’s good news for us!!
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