In Bittersweet Brooklyn, Thelma Adams shows us a family living rather dark lives, and yet she manages to make them into sympathetic characters. The historical details enrich the novel, and lots of strong dialogue makes it feel fast-paced. The story had me in its grips from page one and continues to haunt me. Kudos to the author for wrenching so much emotion out of me. A great read.
This book has nothing but remorse of a family in it. If you thought the book would be exciting with a sister and a brother with "mob" ties-think again!!! I love books-I love reading-but this was the worst waste of time I have ever had with a book.
This story had no story arc whatsoever. There was no climax, no tension build-up. It started depressing and it just got more depressing. It wallows in its own pointlessness. I picked it up because I enjoy reading stories about strong women who beat the odds and rise above their circumstances to achieve greatness of one kind or another. This book isn’t like that at all. There are paragraphs upon paragraphs of whining, lamenting, brooding, sulking. Life stinks. Life isn’t fair. Life dealt me a bad hand. And that’s it. No silver lining. No climb out of the pit. Just a study of the pit itself. Over and over and over again the heroine analyzes and whines about the same things. I don’t even like the main character. She’s pitiful, yes, but I don’t see a lot of redeeming qualities beyond her blind devotion to her gangster brother. She’s a crappy mom. A slut. A drunk. And we see how she became this way, but it doesn’t make the read anymore enjoyable. If you like depressing novels, this one’s for you. But I personally do not.
This is a fantastic book. Great story, engaging characters and I loved the sense of history. But more than anything else, it's the story and what the Thelma Lorber goes through in her life. The ending blew me away. I really couldn't put this book down.
This book shows how a family can be so different from one another. A mother who only had love for her oldest child and none for the 3 younger ones especially the youngest. How the oldest was a monster to her siblings. Treated them like dirt & her mother followed her lead! Reading this book may help someone realize how they should cherish all their children no matter what their life is like.
This time period is fascinating to me. I especially liked learning more about Murder Inc. Thelma Adams did a wonderful job portraying New York in the early 1900s, with authenticity and heart. I was cheering for the main character the entire time. I didn't want the story to end!
This is the best book I’ve read this year. The first chapter was a bit hard to get into, but as the story unfolded it all made sense. I love New York and its history and I am fascinated by tales of the immigrants and the hard life they had to establish themselves and fit in. Some more successfully than others.