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A tree grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith
Adult Fiction SMITH

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Avatar for MediumDebbi MediumDebbi said:
This is probably my favorite book of all time, certainly in the top top ten! Coming of age has never been so interesting!
posted Apr 1, 2011 at 4:02PM
Gina said:
Beautifully told coming-of-age story, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows Francie Nolan, a third-generation American, as her family struggles to survive in Brooklyn, New York, around the turn of the 19th century. The characterization in this book was staggering, and the poignancy of watching Francie grow up tugs at your heartstrings; however, the book eschews sentimentiality in lieu of harsh reality, a marked juxtaposition against Francie's dreams of fame and fortune. Wonderful.
posted Jul 10, 2009 at 6:20PM
Gina said:
Beautifully told coming-of-age story, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows Francie Nolan, a third-generation American, as her family struggles to survive in Brooklyn, New York, around the turn of the 19th century. The characterization in this book was staggering, and the poignancy of watching Francie grow up tugs at your heartstrings; however, the book eschews sentimentiality in lieu of harsh reality, a marked juxtaposition against Francie's dreams of fame and fortune. Wonderful.
posted Jul 10, 2009 at 6:20PM
Sara said:
This is an inspiring story about a girl growing up at the turn of the century. The story really makes a person realize the potential and strength that everyone has when determined. I felt grateful for what I have and loved this classic dearly.
posted Sep 1, 2008 at 7:03PM
Sara said:
This is an inspiring story about a girl growing up at the turn of the century. The story really makes a person realize the potential and strength that everyone has when determined. I felt grateful for what I have and loved this classic dearly.
posted Sep 1, 2008 at 7:03PM
ebl said:
I read this book when it first came out, and I liked it so much. I recently read it again as an 80 year-old woman, and because I could bring so much more to the book, it seemed even better than the first time around.
posted May 8, 2008 at 7:38PM
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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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