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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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The American classic about a young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century. "A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life...If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience...It is a poignant and deeply... show more
The American classic about a young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century. "A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life...If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience...It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919...Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." --New York Times "One of the most dearly beloved and one of the finest books of our day." --Orville Prescott "One of the books of the century."--New York Public Library
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060929886 (006092988X)
Publisher: Perennial Classics
Pages no: 489
Edition language: English
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Malin
Malin rated it
5.0 #CBR8 Book 74: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Francie Nolan grows up in the tenements of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York in the early years of the 20th Century. The granddaughter of German and Irish immigrants, Francie and her younger brother Neeley (real name Cornelius) grow up dirt poor, but thankfully don't really realise it until they ge...
jwilley44
jwilley44 rated it
First book in 2015 that totally consumed me. I can only think of a handful of books were I felt so close to the main character as I did to France Nolan. What I really liked about this book is that it was emotional without being sappy. The characters surely deserved your pity, but they didn't ask for...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
3.5 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The trees that grow in Brooklyn are those that are tough and can get by with little of the nutrients that are required by their more lovely tree cousins. As we see in the account of Francie Nolan's life, the same goes for Brooklyn's people. Though Francie and her mother are both motivated and hardwo...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
5.0 Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the most nostalgic, sentimental book I have ever read. It starts slow. A hundred pages in and all you have is character description, setting, and back story (personally, I would have been happy with much less back story). Another hundred pages in you'll find what may be t...
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
Well! I am so glad that I found this in the sale pile and picked it up. I am sure I never thought much about the immigrant experience--what it was like for my family living in the poorer neighborhoods of South Philadelphia--when I read it the first time way back in junior high school. I know that ...
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