A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Author:Betty Smith "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. The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919....Their daughter Francie and their son Neeley knew more than their fair share of the privations and su... more »fferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
"[It] is a profoundly moving novel, and an honest and a true one. It cuts right to the heart of life." -Orville Prescott, New York Times« less