A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Paperback)
|Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her fathers romantic and her mothers practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century. *Author: Smith, Betty/ Quindlen, Anna (FRW) *Publication Date: 2006/06/01 *Number of Pages: 493 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25|
From the Publisher:
The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.
Francie Nolan is the daughter of a hard-working cleaning woman and an alcoholic singing waiter. She and her younger brother, Neeley, are being raised in a Brooklyn tenement at the turn of the 20th century. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Betty Smith's semi-autobiographical novel, follows Francie's coming-of-age and the family's changing fortunes. The book opens in 1912, when Francie, a daydreamer and voracious reader, is 11 years old and happy to spend her Saturdays collecting scraps for the junk man, in order to supplement her family's meager income. When Johnny, deeply beloved by his daughter despite his alcoholism, dies of pneumonia on Christmas Day in 1915, Francie is forced to give up her dreams of going to high school and take a job. One of the most determined and tenacious young heroines in modern literature, she ultimately finds a way to continue her education, and as the book ends, she is on her way to college, wearing the ring of a promising young suitor.