The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When it was published in 1943, Betty Smith’s novel was celebrated for its starkly honest depiction of life in Brooklyn’s tenements. Today, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an American classic, handed down from one generation to the next. In the summer of 1912, 11-year-old Francie Nolan is largely oblivious to the grinding poverty that surrounds her. She has everything she needs: her library card, a few pennies from her weekly junk trade, and a reading nook on the fire escape overlooking the neighbors’ courtyard. As the years pass and Francie’s family faces hardships and tragedies, Smith’s stubborn and fiercely intelligent heroine begins to imagine a different and more expansive life for herself. Francie’s spirit is irresistible—and thanks to Smith’s unflinching style, her story feels as relevant today as it did more than 75 years ago.
Still beautiful after all these years
I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I was a young girl like the story’s heroine, Francie, and it was one of my favorite books. Yesterday I turned 60, and it’s still wonderful. A page turner, a joy to read, fascinating for the detail of what it was like to live in Brooklyn in 1916 and thereabouts. Betty Smith is so honest with sordid details, the book is fascinating because it doesn’t lie. Yet it’s written with a warm optimism so it doesn’t depress you. A+.
Slow start but worth it
The beginning of the story was hard to read , boring and seemed as if it was going nowhere. About 20 pages in I had to google reviews and a lot of people felt the same way I did. Stuck on the F train I decided to give it a second chance . At the end I appreciated her details of how New York was in the 1900’s and grew to love the characters.
Don’t give up and keep reading to the end !
Finally Found Favorite!
I never have an answer when asked, “What is your favorite book?” So many great books. I can’t find the words to articulate why but I can honestly answer next time, “My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”