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)
This book was so incredibly moving, so real, so poignant, so well-written and well performed, that I'm now embarrassed at being so free with the high ratings I've given previously. It is my new benchmark for 5-star ratings.
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is a true classic and should be required reading for everyone who cares about quality writing, about learning through historical fiction, who cherishes being swept up in the lives of real people in another time. Hard-scrabble in a John Steinbeck way, the characters in this story become so real, so human, that you feel actually close to them and care deeply about their lives and what happens to them. I laughed and wept along with them throughout their story.
For me personally, it brings to life the realities of living as immigrant families in another part of the country in another era. I'm old enough (63) to have seen a tremendous revolutionary change in the way Americans live their every day lives today, compared to the America I grew up in. I had it so easy compared to Francie Nolan's family, yet the people of this culture and time accepted it as their "normal" just like I've accepted mine.
I pronounce easily that this is one of the best books I've read - in the top 10 at least. I can't recommend it strongly enough.
This is an eloquent and sometimes heartbreaking story. Well worth a read. The interruption of music which seemed to have no relationship to the story is short, but still annoyed me. Narration is good tho.
Avid Audio book JUNKY :) Always have one going in my car and 4 or 5 in my library .While having 25 on my wish list ....
It's a must read , for any age . It truly depicts the hardships of living in New York in the early 1900's. The smoothness of the story the interesting characters was outstanding . I could not put the book down .Highly recommend this classic. Kate Burtons performance is second to none .
one of the best books I have read. I would have never read this on my own. it was a book club pick. several of the members of my book club had read in high school. but I had not. I am so glad I read this book and will recommend it to other.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a must for anyone who loves history! So much to learn about life from this book. I did listen to it on the fastest setting. I suggested it for book club so I had to finish.
I loved this book! It is well read and the characters make you fall in love with them. It takes us back to the days before social security, and the assistance you received on any level, was from family. After reading this, every time I sit down to a meal, or go to work, I am grateful for all I have.
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