A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

by OMB Staff on January 3, 2008

by Smith, BettyBook Cover
Set in the slums of Brooklyn during the early part of the 20th century, Betty Smith’s timeless coming of age story has charmed readers for over fifty years with its descriptive passages, richly developed characters, and universal themes. The story centers on the Nolan family and is told through the eyes of Francie, the intelligent and imaginative daughter of immigrants. The author explores themes of poverty, alcoholism, the value of education, and the strength of family, as well as the experience of immigrants who came to this country in search of a better life. Readers young and old will cheer for Francie, forced to leave school early, mistreated by fate and people—as she pushes forward, spirited and determined.
– reviewed by Staci, South County Regional, PLCMC
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