A Tree Grows in Brooklyn An Abridgement Author:Betty Smith, specially abridged by Bronson Dudley "Some people called it the Tree of Heaven...No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It was the only tree that grew out of cement. It thrived in Brooklyn, but only in tenement districts. That was the kind of tree in the mossy yard belonging to F... more »rancie Nolan's house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."
As the tree grew, so did Francie. And like the tree, her spirit struggled to be free of the poverty and despair which so often surrounded her.« less