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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  Smith
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Dec 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2010
Recommended to Jennifer by: Thomas
Recommended for: anyone who has a heart
Read from December 26 to 31, 2010

This book really surprised me because though the setting is Brooklyn in the early 1900's right before World War 1, the writing and the approach to the topics seem surprisingly contemporary. Betty Smith's fairly autobiographical look at poverty and hope in a Brooklyn neighborhood is frank in its approach to love, sex, relationships, and issues of class. Though told in third person, this novel's main focus is Francie Nolan, who loves the library and school and sees education as a way out of her circumstances. The relationships that Francie has with her father, mother, and younger brother are complex, sometimes tragic, but always believable. I'm glad I finally read this gem and now I'll pass it along to my friends.

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message 1: by Julia (new)

Julia This book comes up a lot among Betsy Tacy fans being from a similar time period, no doubt. I have yet to read it, thanks as usual for lighting the fire!

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