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A tree grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith
Adult Fiction SMITH

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Summary: Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father's romantic and her mother's practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century.


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main characters Francie Nolan
Female
Catholic
Sensitive; dreamer; loves to sit by the tree growing in her courtyard; watches her family struggle with money; father was a hard drinker who passed away when she was 14; determined to succeed in life.
Student

Neelie Nolan
Male
Francie's brother.
Student

Katie Nolan
Female
Married
Works hard to support her family; in love with her husband though he is a heavy drinker; knows her daughter will succeed; loves her son more than her daughter; proud woman.
Janitor

Johnny Nolan
Male
Married
Katie's husband; drinks heavily; dreamer; tries to bring money in for his family.
Waiter



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