BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN by Thelma Adams is a richly layered novel about life at the turn of the century New York City. It’s about a family at odds with one another that somehow stay together through the many downs and occasional ups.
It’s after midnight when Thelma Lorber enters her brother’s hangout. She’s feeling depressed, worn-out, so with few options, she heads to Abie’s. There she finds her very-alive mobster brother with Jewish mobster Louis “Pretty” Amberg in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. She could leave, but she remains beside her 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 tied to a young son, Abie is the center of her world. But that love is about to undo everything she holds dear.
I found BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN very sad, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to know more and flipping pages through the night to find out what happens to the numerous members of the Lorber family. One of my favorite novels in the world is Mario Puzo’s, THE GODFATHER. Look BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN had hints of the way family the Corleone family operates in the mob and how violence affects women. There was one member of the family who I found so repulsive, I nearly closed the book every time she showed up, but in the end, that shows the power of Thelma Adams as a writer.
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.
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