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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Paperback – September 1, 1998
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The reader first meets Francie at age 11 when, as an inquisitive young girl, her favorite time of the day is on Saturday when she can go to the library then rush home with her treasure and read the afternoon away on the fire escape of her Brooklyn tenement. As a young girl, she feels "rich" when she receives bits of chalk and stubby pencils her mother and father bring home from their janitoring job at a local school. She finds simple pleasures in her life, like being allowed to sleep in the front room on Saturday night and watch the busy street below. You will ache to go back in time and be Francie's best friend as she battles loneliness and rejection by her peers but learns to live a solitary life. But, like the tree, she is ready to burst into bloom and when she does it is beautiful to read about.
This book is a wonderful description of life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn and a strong statement on the hope offered to the immigrants who came to the United States.Read more ›
Francie Nolan lives in Brooklyn with her brother Neely, mom Katie and dad Johnny. It is in the early 1900s where the book is set. The family is poor ~~ living almost on the edge of starvation. Francie has taken to reading like a duck takes to water ... once she discovered the joy of reading, she becomes a big bookworm. She is also a keen observer of life around her ~~ her thoughts are often witty and funny as she observes the strange behavior of her mother's sisters and their lives, the neighbors, her brother Neely, her mother and father's relationships with one another. Till Francie grows up to be this amazing woman set on the path of her destiny.
Betty Smith takes you along for a wonderful story-filled walk in Brooklyn in the early 20th century. She introduces the smells of old Brooklyn, the noise, the joys and sorrows of being in a poverty-stricken family ~~ the hopes and dreams of the immigrants that left the old country because there was nothing there for them. The hopes and dreams of the parents for their children to have better lives than they did ... falling in love with one another ... the disappointments of being disappointed by life, the wonder of finding joy in anything new or rediscovering something old. Betty Smith has captured the nuances of life and shares a bit of her soul for us readers to find.Read more ›
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This will become one of my top five perennial favorites--up there with To Kill a Mockingbird and American Tragedy. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sheryl Stewart
I read this for book club after reading it as a teenager. It was better the second time. Maybe it was the years added to my life. Read morePublished 4 days ago by ja
This was one of the best books I have ever read. The internal thoughts of this little girl and how she developed to maturity in the harsh world of Brooklyn at the turn of the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Karen Johnston
Reread this after many years. Well written but did not enjoy it.Published 4 days ago by joan jimenez
This is one of the 20th century classics. I had been advised to read it in my teens by my mother and suddenly realised I had probably never read it and/or had no memory of it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Salocin