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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  Smith
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Jul 02, 09

bookshelves: classics, fiction
Read in June, 2009

"The one tree in Francie's yard was neither a pine nor a hemlock....Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps, and it was the only tree that grew out of cement. It grew lushly, but only in the tenements districts. . . . That was the kind of tree it was. It liked poor people."
"The landlord had sent two men and they had chopped it down.
"But the tree hadn't died . . . it hadn't died. . . . This tree that men chopped down . . . this tree that they had built a bonfire around, trying to burn up its stump--this tree lived! It lived! And nothing could destroy it."

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