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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - by Betty Smith (Hardcover)

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Highlights

  • A PBS Great American Read Top 100 PickThe beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.
  • Author(s): Betty Smith
  • 512 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Classics

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About the Book



A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky.



Book Synopsis



A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family's erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny's taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy's habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans' life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans' daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from "junk day" on Saturdays, when the children of Francie's neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that "cuts right to the heart of life," hails the New York Times. "If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience."



From the Back Cover



The American classic about a young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century.

"A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life...If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience...It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919...Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
--New York Times

"One of the most dearly beloved and one of the finest books of our day."
--Orville Prescott

"One of the books of the century."
--New York Public Library



Review Quotes




"A poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships....[Smith's] book has light and air in it, comedy and pathos, and an underlying rhythm pulsing to the surge and flow of humanity itself. No matter what happens to the Nolans, they never lose their awareness of the sweetness and wonder of life." -- Orville Prescott, New York Times

"Betty Smith was a born storyteller." -- USA Today

"One of the books of the century." -- New York Public Library

"A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life. . . . If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience." -- New York Times

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn deserves to be thought of as one of the greatest American novels." -- The New Yorker

"One of the most cherished of American novels....It is the Dickensian novel of New York that we didn't think we had." -- New York Times


Dimensions (Overall): 9.3 Inches (H) x 6.6 Inches (W) x 1.2 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.56 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 512
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics
Publisher: Harper
Format: Hardcover
Author: Betty Smith
Language: English
Street Date: November 13, 2001
TCIN: 11468304
UPC: 9780060001940
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-9594
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.2 inches length x 6.6 inches width x 9.3 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.56 pounds
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