When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie, smart, pensive and hoping for something better, cannot believe that life can carry on as before. But with her own determination, and that of her mother behind her, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading off to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.
©1947 Betty Smith; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"There's a reason this tale remains beloved after almost 50 years, and it stands with memoirs like Angela's Ashes for its happy-ending triumph over a bad childhood." (AudioFile)
"A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and a true one. It cuts right to the heart of life." (The New York Times)
Kate Burton's voice is enchanting, and matches the story beautifully.
All of the characters are amazing.
I have no idea. It's a perfect title.
Molly Manning's book, When Books Went to War, mentioned this book several times so I had to find out what was so great that soldiers clamored to read it while spending time in a cold, wet foxhole. What a surprise. This book is well written, the characters are rich and full, sometimes its funny and sometimes way past sad but it always left me wondering what would happen next. The story is a lot like Angela's Ashes but I think its better
As Francie found solace in her tree, I found joy in the music of the neighborhood jukebox. I listened from across the street, on my fire escape to the music of the time, and it transported me from the poverty of a crowded railroad apartment to a place where my heart could sing!
I adored this story and only regret I waited until adulthood to read it. Each character is worth knowing and many will leave footprints in your heart and mind.
Hard to say... I read the book many years ago and truly enjoyed it (in fact, I've kept it not wanting to pass it on to library donation as I love it so much). But when I listened this time, I heard parts that I didn't remember so it was truly enjoyable.
The entire thing.
A must for every one!
The story is a classic for a reason. The narrator's regular speaking voice is pleasant but she uses an annoying accent for the dialogue. It makes me dread parts of the book with dialogue to the point where I wish I were reading the book instead of listening to it.
I am glad that I waited all these years to finally read this book. Had I read it as a child, the wonderful message and language might have been lost on me. But I know I would have enjoyed it all the same.
I don't know what took me so long to read this critically acclaimed novel. I am 40 and I have loved to read since I was old enough to scribble what was supposed to be my name on my first library card. I'm not sure this book wasn't brought into my life until now, but I am so grateful and plan to start it over again immediately!!
A hopeless book lover
Love both but the audio version more. The narrator brings everything to life for me.
When Katie talks to Francie about romantic love, first as a mother, then as a woman. A very powerful moment indeed.
Too many but getting flowers from her father when she graduated brought me to tears.
I read this book as a young girl and many times since. I always come away with something more. A truly wonderful book.
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