Bittersweet Brooklyn by Thelma Adams

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BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN BY THELMA ADAMS

Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
Paperback, eBook & Audio

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 Synopsis:

In turn-of-the century New York, a mobster rises—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 Abie’s hangout under the Williamsburg Bridge, finding Jewish mobster Louis “Pretty” 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 past—revealed through the perspective of a forgotten yet vibrant woman.

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Praise for Bittersweet Brooklyn

“Thelma Adams is our new Dickens in her effervescently vivid tale of Jewish hardscrabble living, gangsters, torn-apart families, and a young woman desperate for love, family, and a stable future. Set in a 1920s and 30s Brooklyn so rich, raw, and bristling with life that you can taste the brine on the deli pickles and see the flasks of whiskey hidden in a garter, this is the kind of novel that’s lived, rather than read.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Smart and complex, Bittersweet Brooklyn is a riveting journey into a glamorous and deadly underworld. Fascinating characters and a backdrop of New York in the 1920’s kept me churning through pages. Add in twist after twist to an already vibrant plot, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect read! No one writes women in history better than Thelma Adams. I loved this book!” —Heather Burch, bestselling author of In the Light of the Garden

“Bookies! Bubbes! Bossy big-mouths! Thelma Adams’ Bittersweet Brooklyn takes you back to an early twentieth-century Williamsburg teeming not with too-cool-for-school millennials, but with rough-and-tumble Jewish and Italian immigrants. You’ll race through this raucous historical saga, admiring its gritty detail and street-smart dialogue. Inspired by real events, Thelma Adams brings to life an unforgettable family ruled by filial love divided by biting dysfunction.” —Sally Koslow, author of Another Side of Paradise

“Thelma Adams has found her niche as a wonderfully vivid historical chronicler of the female spirit. Her tale of a Jewish girl making her way amid gangster-studded NYC is a marvelous must-read.” —Michael Musto, columnist

“Bittersweet Brooklyn is gripping from page one. An intimate look at the dynamics of a broken family in gangster-riddled New York, it will have you rooting for protagonist and antagonist alike as wounds are open, healed, scarred, and exposed. With some of the finest dialogue I’ve ever come across, this is one I will not soon forget.” —Camille Di Maio, bestselling author of The Memory of Us

“Set in the savage underbelly of a Mafia-linked social club and amusement park, Bittersweet Brooklyn tells the sizzling and unforgettable family saga of a brother and sister who must pit survival against loyalty, desire, and compassion.” —Susan Henderson, author of The Flicker of Old Dreams

“Terrific! A great story, suspense, a vibrant heroine, complex and colorful supporting characters and amazing period details: I couldn’t put it down.” —Caryn James, cultural critic and author of Glorie and What Caroline Knew

“A searing, layered portrait of a Brooklyn family divided against itself, this novel brims with heartbreak, history, empathy and grace.” —Greer Macallister, bestselling author of The Magician’s Lie and Girl in Disguise

“A fresh, fierce retelling of the crime family saga from the female point of view.” —Paula Froelich, New York Times bestselling author of Mercury in Retrograde

“A gorgeously written and gritty American immigrant tale about broken homes and broken hearts, and how the sins within a family can reverberate across generations. Riveting!” —Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Saturday Evening Girls Club

“A noir coming-of-age story with a feisty and unforgettable heroine.” —Meryl Gordon, New York Times bestselling author of the biography of Bunny Mellon

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.

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Review at Pursuing Stacie

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Excerpt at Just One More Chapter

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I LOVED this book. I have heard comparisons being made to my beloved Friday Night Lights, and while I see some similarities, this is a whole other field of play. Like Friday Night Lights the town revolves around a single sport, in this instance, HOCKEY! After reading this book, you will either love or hate the game.

There is a simpleness to the people of Beartown. One that is both refreshing and frustrating. Things are black or white. There are no shades of grey.

Kevin is the star player and the town worships him. Benji is his best friend and protector, both on and off the ice. Maya is the sweet and strong daughter of Peter, the General Manager of the Hockey Club and Kira, the powerful lawyer and mama wolf. Maya and her best friend Ana have a special relationship, the kind we all want and need when we are 15 years old.

This strangely idyllic town is rocked to its core when a scandal occurs involving its beloved star junior hockey team right before the final game of the season. The reactions to the scandal, the sides that are chosen, the secrets kept, will devastate relationships and fortify others. The strength of the youth is phenomenal. The weakness of those who should know better is heartbreaking.

One thing about the people of Beartown, “we may not know right from wrong, but we know good from evil.”

I give Bear Town ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5. I recommend pouring yourself a mug of your favorite winter beverage and cozying up with this book. I am looking forward to reading its sequel, Us Against You.

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This is a fun read. Charlotte Walsh is a rockstar! She is the COO of a mega tech company, best-selling author, wife, mom of three and running for U.S. Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania! Charlotte Walsh is also human, her life if not perfect, and that makes her an endearing character that you want to read more about and cheer for.

Throughout the story, Charlotte deals with infidelity, infertility, sexism, family drama in the form of mental illness, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

Charlotte and her dashing and brilliant husband Max move their family from the comforts of their life in California’s Silicon Valley to their hometown of Elk Hollow, Pennsylvania. A working-class town that both Charlotte and Max could not wait to leave after high school. They move into Charlotte’s childhood home, sans nannies and household help. She does this all while holding her own as a first-time candidate in one of the most hotly contested battles for Senate of 2018. She tries to run a clean race but can she?

Charlotte also has a devastating secret. One that could upend her entire world. When the 24-hour news cycle is investigating her every move, can she keep it from becoming public?

This is a must-read. I rate it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.