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Joy in the Morning by Betty  Smith
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Jan 21, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: Anyone who has read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.
Read in January, 2008

This is the second book I have read by Betty Smith, author of my all-time favorite book, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. While Joy in the Morning lacks some of the depth of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, it well worth the read. Smith has a way of describing and alluding to the harsh realities of life without losing the hopefulness of her protagonists. Annie of Joy in the Morning and Francie of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn live in poverty, but they strive and struggle to thrive. But this is no improbable rags to riches story. It is a beautiful portrait of a young couple in their first year of married life and the challenges that they face.
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