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Joy in the Morning by Betty  Smith
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Mar 22, 08

Recommended for: anyone who liked "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
Read in March, 2008

After reading and finishing "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," also by Betty Smith, I wanted to read something else that she wrote, so I picked up "Joy in the Morning," which she wrote 20 years later. It held my interest and was a quick read. Like "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Joy in the Morning" is a novel with an auto-biographical theme. It provides a fictionalized account of Betty Smith's first year of marriage to a law student attending a mid-western university (the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor) in the late 1920's. Annie, the main character, is only 18 years old when she marries Carl Brown, who is all of 20 years of age.

It wasn't nearly as good as "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." But if you want to see what happens to Francie Nolan a few years after the end of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," you can pick up the story of Annie Brown in "Joy in the Morning" and not be disappointed.
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