A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

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Betty Smith's debut novel is universally regarded as a modern classic. The sprawling tale of an immigrant family in early 20th-century Brooklyn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of the great distinctively American novels.

The Nolan family are first-generation immigrants to the United States. Originating in Ireland and Austria, their life in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn is poor and deprived, but their sacrifices make it possible for their children to grow up in a land of boundless opportunity.

Francie Nolan is the eldest daughter of the family. Alert, imaginative and resourceful, her journey through the first years of a century of profound change is difficult - and transformative. But amid the poverty and suffering among the poor of Brooklyn, there is hope, and the prospect of a brighter future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 341g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0099427575
  • 9780099427575
  • 3,683

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"This story radiates life."
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One of the books of the century * New York Public Library * This story radiates life. * Daily Telegraph * A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life . . . If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience... It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. * New York Times *
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About Betty Smith

Betty Smith was born in 1896 and died in 1972. She wrote four novels, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
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370,285 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 49% (182,177)
4 33% (122,498)
3 14% (50,057)
2 3% (11,050)
1 1% (4,503)

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This book went automatically to my Top 5, one of the reviews on the cover is "This story irradiates life" and I can not say it better. This book really touch me the main character only a 11 year old girl make me analyze my whole life and the day by day priorities, the relationship with her family mainly her father bring tears to my eyes every time i read it. Has a rich and fluid narrative and holds you from the first moment. I highly recommend this book, gives meaning to lifeshow more
by sara pereira
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