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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Author: Betty Smith

Year Published: 1943

Description: Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn portrays the experiences of Francie Nolan, a poor, sensitive and ambitious teenager growing up in the tenements of Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood in the early part of the 20th century. As she comes of age observing those around her, most notably her pragmatic, breadwinning mother and kindhearted, alcoholic father, resourceful Francie—much like the hearty trees growing through cement in her neighborhood—manages to persevere against the odds, along the way painting a vivid illustration of a particular place in time.

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