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Author:  Betty Smith Foreword By: Anna Quindlen  Anna Quindlen
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060001941
ISBN-13: 9780060001940
Sku: 30842827
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1T
Pages:  512
Age Range:  NA
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A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky.
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The American classic about a young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century.

"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...It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919...Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." |--New York Times

"One of the most dearly beloved and one of the finest books of our day." |--Orville Prescott

"One of the books of the century."|--New York Public Library

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.


"The book is a social document with the power of Jacob Riis's photographs. It gives the detail that illuminates the past--the coffee pot, the air shaft, the barber's cup, chalking strangers on Halloween. But it is the book's emotional life that has kept it in print." - Robert Cornfield 01/03/1999

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0512
Product attributePublisher:   Harper
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