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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 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.” (New York Times)See all Product Description
THIS IS A BOOK THAT I READ A VERY LONG TIME AGO, AND AFTER REREADING IT I ENJOYED IT MORE THAT THE FIRST TIME THAT I
READ IT. A GREAT BOOK TO READ ON A RAINY DAY.
A clear description of what life was like for a young girl growing up in a poor section of Brooklyn - and like the ailanthus tree - kept reaching for light and nourishment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Sandra Reid
This is the second time I've this book. It gives a good perspective of life in America.Published 5 months ago by Janice D Humphrey
This is a wonderful book. The first one by this author that I have read and now want to read more. Its a wonderful story about a young girl growing up in Brooklyn before and during... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kate
i HAVE READ THIS BOOK COUNTLESS TIMES AND END UP GIVING IT AWAY AND RE BUYING IT MANY TIMES OVER
IT IS A CLASSIC
Bittersweet, so well written. Takes you back in time. Found myself taking my time to read as I did not want it to end.Published 15 months ago by Armstrong Bandit
Loved this book about a child growing up in poverty, told through her eyes. The subject doesn't seem very uplifting, but somehow the book really was! Read morePublished 15 months ago by T Leigh