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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User Review  - ghr4 - LibraryThing

Betty Smith's autobiographical novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a beautifullly written coming-of-age story filled with warmth, emotion, and wisdom. Francie Nolan, born at the turn of the 20th century ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma_Manolis - LibraryThing

Why did I read this? This is known as a great American classic which means that I should have read it at some point along the way. People were always so surprised that I could have a degree in English ... 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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