A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty SmithThe beloved American classic about a young girls coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smiths 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.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, First Edition
The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational adolescent girl and her family living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn , New York City , during the first two decades of the 20th century. The book was an immense success. It was also released in an Armed Services Edition , the size of a paperback , to fit in a uniform pocket. One Marine wrote to Smith, "I can't explain the emotional reaction that took place in this dead heart of mine A surge of confidence has swept through me, and I feel that maybe a fellow has a fighting chance in this world after all. The main metaphor of the book is the hardy Tree of Heaven , whose persistent ability to grow and flourish even in the inner city mirrors the protagonist's desire to better herself.
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A touching story, which I first read when I was maybe nine or ten years old. I have read it several times since - Seller Rating:. Condition: New.
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E-mail a link to this book. The novel follows the life of Francie Nolan. The main character is a girl, later a young woman, facing and overcoming adversity throughout her life. The book uses minor themes of dishonesty, alcoholism, and the general hardships of growing up poor in turn-of the century Brooklyn to show Francie's determination to survive and succeed. Standard fare in secondary education, and commonly found in libraries, this twentieth century classic helped to define a generation. Damage to the dust jacket is common, as is age-tanning and foxing. The spine of this book can also sometimes show wear and tearing.
Published by Blakiston Publishing Company Seller Rating:. About this Item: Blakiston Publishing Company, Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory GRP