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...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 ...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 ...more
Because this is such a seemingly simple story, I wavered between giving this 4 or 5 stars. ...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
Also, it has something that I feel most people writing romance should pay attention to. You ready?
It's a little thing called COMMUNICATION. THEY TALK THEIR PROBLEMS OUT AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, no more miscommunication in relationships. It's not necessary and also very annoying. *Gets off soapbox*
15+ for marital discussions that are blunt (but not graphic) and language
I have read her most famous novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, several times. I will probably read it again someday. Joy in the Morning was her last novel. After reading it I learned that she devoted much of her writing life to plays. In fact Annie, the ...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 ...more
Sweet memories. Perhaps I'll find a copy and re-read it, to see if my ideas of love and struggle have changed over the past ...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.
Smith writes with emotions and her characters feel real.
Following the marriage of Carl and Annie Brown over a couple years in the late twenties, and all the trials and fights and new friends and hardships they face together is really fantastic slice-of-life stuff.
This intimate picture of a young marriage allows one to peek into the heart of Annie who left Brooklyn to marry Carl at the Midwestern university where Carl is in law school. Annie has a kind, sensitive, good heart and it fills the pages with her gentle and enthusiastic perspective on people and life. Oh how I wish there was a sequel!
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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 ...more
"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...”