Joy in the Morning
In Brooklyn, New York, in 1927, Carl Brown and Annie McGairy meet and fall in love. Though only eighteen, Annie travels alone to the Midwestern university where Carl is studying law to marry him. Little did they know how difficult their first year of marriage would be, in a faraway place with little money and few friends. But Carl and Annie come to realize that the struggl...more
I appreciate the way Betty Smith can make you attach to characters. You feel like you are peeking into their windows and watching it first hand.
This story is based around a young, married couple in the 1920s, trying desperately to stay afloat. It is a struggle without feeling like a str...more
The unfeeling nature of their respective families was tough to digest, especially the suffocating, unhealthy mother-son tie on the part of Annie's mother-in-law. It certainly felt real, though, as I've known more than one such mother-in-law.
Because this is such a seemingly simple story, I wavered between giving this 4 or 5 stars. B...more
Boy did I get nostalgia with this book. I love stories from the early 20th Century. We tend to romanticize that period of American History. I do anyway. There's something about the struggles and the ethics of those times that we refer to as "simpler".
I guess they were simple, yet I don't think people...more
The frustrating thing is how few choices a woman had back then. Annie's main purpose was to get married and have babies even though she was somewhat smarter than her husband who would become a lawyer. Sometimes Carl would get so mad at her when she just wanted to do her own thing and s...more
I believe that with all of the advancements we have made in the last 100 years, we have certainly lost some of the class and sweetness of my grandparent's generation. Annie and Carl are as poor as can be. They immediately face persecution from bot...more
Young married life is lean and stressful but love and determination go a long way toward life's successes both interpersonal and academic.
From other reviews, it sounded like Maggie-Now and Tomorrow Will B...more
Also couldn't stand the jerky controlling husband, though I'm guessing his behavior and attitude towards his wife would have been normal and expected during the time the book was written.
Summary: Carl and Annie Brown are young (20 and 18) newlyweds from Brooklyn who are living on a college campus somewhere...more
Times are hard. Carl works part time and studies. Annie also finds work and they manage to scrape by, counting pennies and living cheap.
It is a heartwar...more
It's not often that I feel torn over how to rate books. I'm a whole star kind of girl. But with Joy in the Morning i feel three stars is too low and four is too high.
This story isn't plot driven but it's still an e...more
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Betty Smith (AKA Sophina Elisabeth Wehner): Born- December 15, 1896; Died- January 17, 1972
Born in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, she grew up poor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These experiences served as the framework to her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (19...more
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"They call them pee-wees in Brooklyn."
"But I'm not in Brooklyn."
"But you're still a Brooklynite."
"I wouldn't want that to get around, Annie."
"You don't mean that, Carl."
"Ah, we might as well call them beanies, Annie."
"When in Rome do as the Romans do."
"Do they call them beanies in Rome?" she asked artlessly.
"This is the silliest conversation...”