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Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men, and to a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life's squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book's humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics--and in the hearts of readers, young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships." --New York Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
The wonderful imagery and honest characterization took be back in time to a world of Brooklyn during a time not important enough to be taught in history books. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lee Turner
This is a book that moves along quietly, and you learn alot from it about Brooklyn and the immigrant community. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pamela R. Thompson
This very old book, published in 1942, still has the power to make you cry on the life of the really poor. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Dennis Endicott
A great guide to understanding city life for the poor before WWI. I have read it before and will read it again.Published 12 days ago by Andy
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is a beautiful story of love, loss and life. You will read this book and have a feeling of belonging. Read morePublished 13 days ago by justannie187
I suggested this book for our book club, having read it long ago. It's a sort of Brooklyn version of To Kill A Mockingbird - sort of. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lannielouey