A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s 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.
I read this book many many years ago. So many, that I really didn’t remember much about it. It’s a meandering sort of book… there’s no strong plot that pulls the reader forward. Instead it feels like a book of memoirs that my great-grandmother might have written. Even though it’s not a page-turner, it’s well crafted, and one can’t help but empathize and root for Francie Nolan. It’s a peek into what the world was in the early 1900s and for that reason alone it’s worth the read.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Yes
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Yes
4 of 5 stars
This book is on my Classics Club booklist.