A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Arrow, 1992 - Fiction - 487 pages
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1943 novel written by Betty Smith. The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational third-generation-American adolescent girl and her ethnically-blended family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City during the first two decades of the 20th century. The book was an immense success. The main metaphor of the book is the hardy Tree of Heaven, native to China and Taiwan, now considered invasive, and common in the vacant lots of New York City

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Wonderful book!

User Review  - andrea - Overstock.com

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is a heartwarming story about a family trying to survive in turn of the century Brooklyn. It will touch your heart and should be read by everyone age twelve and up. Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Another book I've been meaning to read for a long, long time. A beautifully written coming-of-age story with wonderfully crafted characters and a vivid sense of time and place. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Betty Smith was born in 1896 and died in 1972. She wrote four novels, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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