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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  Smith
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May 25, 10

bookshelves: own, fiction, book-club
Read in February, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This is an incredible coming of age story that everyone should read regardless of social class, race, etc. It is the story of Francie Nolan and her often impoverished family and their daily struggles to put food on their plates and to become educated. Francie’s voice is so innocent and perceptive as she narrates her family’s history, the Brooklyn neighborhood she was raised in and the adjustments she must make as she grows older. She is able to find pleasure in the simplest of things, yet her life is a constant struggle filled with small joys and immense tragedies. Smith’s beautiful writing immerses the reader in the Nolan’s lives, effectively conveying the atmosphere of their existence and defining the era. I was so absorbed in this novel and am thrilled that I was prompted to read it for my book club. It will be a favorite that I will recommend and revisit over the years.
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