Did you ever read a book where you ended up missing the people once you finished it? The Tender Bar is one of those novels.
The story is about a boy who grows up without his dad. And because he needs a gap filler for him he looks out for the men in town - or more for the men in the local bar. They are weird, sometimes crazy, funny and friendly people out of everyday live. With normal problems and normal behaviors. And because everyone is so 'normal' they are so lovely. You just get into the book. Literally. You think you've known this people since like forever and you love knowing them (some crazy people even call them friends ... but well).
It is a beautiful story about growing up, learning about the important things in live as well as about the unimportant things. About friendship and love, about educations and career ... about emotions and how you get over them if you need.