volleyballpjlwl, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by volleyballpjlwl)
This novel doesn't follow the conventional modern book form-but who ever said conventional is always better? The author of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" chose to eloquently describe Francie Nolan's teenage years rather than mount her childhood experiences into a major drama with a simple and finite resolution. In this way, Betty Smith has expressed her true genius, for just as every person and book is different from the next, the way to tell a story isn't concrete and exact. This book is a definite recommendation for anyone looking to find a thought-provoking novel worthy of sharing and rereading.
smartchick.nina, February 5, 2011 (view all comments by smartchick.nina)
This book may seem a little slow, but that's only because it reflects the way life moves. Some of the parts of the story were so strong that I wanted to cry... Maybe it's because I felt a real connection with Francie, the way she sometimes felt out of place, how she sometimes felt lonely, the way she experienced times of happiness and joy and also sorrow, the way she loved books, the way she wanted something more.
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gricel, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by gricel)
I have never read Betty Smith before, but I find this book excellent. It make me feel very close to all the situations, and capture my emotions of happyness and sadness fluently.
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A book dealer came into Powell's rare book room one day while I was working and bought a beautiful first edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She said it was her favorite book and a birthday present to herself. From the look in her eye and the way she clutched it in her hands, I knew I had to read it. It is a lovely story about Francie Nolan, a young girl growing up in the slums of Brooklyn. She ultimately discovers that people, like trees, can sometimes flourish in the most dismal conditions.
by Kate L.
by Mary Z.,
I read this when I was around 11 years old, and it made a huge impression on me. Set in a time when Brooklyn might not have been the chic neighborhood it is now, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is about an inner-city girl seeing hope in her hard world.
by Mary Z.
A true American classic first published in 1943, this is the tale of a little girl living in the slums of Brooklyn, who dreamily watches out her window as a tree struggles to reach the sky.
by Harper Collins,
The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.
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