A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Paperback)
|A true American classic first published in 1943, this is the tale of a little girl living in the slums of Brooklyn, who dreamily watches out her window as a tree struggles to reach the sky.|
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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.
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