Book Review | Bittersweet Brooklyn #bittersweetbrooklyn #thelmaadams #suzyapproved

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Published: November 6, 2018

Pages: 352


I loved this title! Perfectly captured early 1900-1935 Brooklyn. I was completely transported back in time. This is an emotionally charged, character driven read. Brutal, dark, desperate. The dialogue was snappy and the descriptions of flappers, gangsters, Jewish and Italian families made me fly through the pages.

Thelma has two older brothers she adores and a sister who unwillingly raised her when their mother was widowed. Her sister Annie made all the decisions and was cruel and abusive. Thelma craved love and attention and was shown time and time again that she was less than nothing.

I wanted more than anything for Thelma to be loved and seen and for her not to repeat history. The love between Louis, Abie and Thelma is one born of a shared horrific childhood. The boys watch over and protect Thelma as best they can. The best parts were the three of them sitting on the stoop enjoying each otherโ€™s company.

Ms. Adams has written a colorful and accurate look at this particular time in our history.

Book Synopsis:

In turn-of-the century New York, a mobster risesโ€”and his favorite sister struggles between loyalty and life itself. How far will she go when he commits murder?
After midnight, Thelma Lorber enters her brother Abieโ€™s hangout under the Williamsburg Bridge, finding Jewish mobster Louis โ€œPrettyโ€ Amberg in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. She could flee. Instead, in the dark hours of that October 1935 night before the dawn of Murder, Inc., she remains beside the fierce, funny brother who has nurtured and protected her since childhood. There are many kinds of love a woman can feel for a man, but few compare to that of the baby sister for her older brother. For Thelma, a wild widow tethered to a young son, Abie is the center of her world. But that love is about to undo everything she holds dear…
Flipping the familiar script of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and The Godfather, Bittersweet Brooklyn explores the shattering impact of mob violence on the women expected to mop up the mess. Winding its way over decades, this haunting family saga plunges readers into a dangerous pastโ€”revealed through the perspective of a forgotten yet vibrant woman. Goodreads | Amazon

About The Author :

Thelma Adams is the author of the best selling historical novel The Last Woman Standing and Playdate, which Oprah magazine described as “a witty debut novel.” In addition to her fiction work, Adams is a prominent American film critic and an outspoken voice in the Hollywood community. She has been the in-house film critic for Us Weekly and The New York Post, and has written essays, celebrity profiles and reviews for Yahoo! Movies,The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Parade, Marie Claire and The Huffington Post. Adams studied history at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was valedictorian, and received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives in upstate New York with her family. Click here for her website.

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