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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  Smith
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Dec 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: evan-top-101-200

While you may not pull an all nighter to finish this one, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a must read. The plot is delightfully complex, though, primarily surrounds the childhood of a lonely girl who loves books (now you know why we’re so fond of her). Her family is stricken with many hardships including poverty and alcoholism, although her dad possesses one of the most underappreciated singing voices in all of literature. Symbolism is prevalent throughout and even Francie herself represents the American dream.

For us it was so much fun to watch Francie bloom, ironically enough, much like a tree. We found it very easy (almost too easy…) to get caught up in each one of her successes and failures. There’s also a whole cast of great characters that evolve and mature throughout the story. In the spirit of the holiday season, we double-dog dare you not to crack a smile at some of Aunt Sissy’s antics.

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