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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Set in Brooklyn, 1912-1918, Francie grows up. As a street-wise eleven-year-old to a college freshman, she survives whatever life throws at her (and there's a lot to deal with.) She's lucky to have a ... Read full review

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The story of a young girl and her poverty-ridden family in 1910's Brooklyn. An excellent story, lovingly told. I enjoyed this one a great deal; the characters will stay with me for a long time (one of my favorite things about a good book). 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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