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)
I liked reading about how the way life was in Brooklyn during this time period, but the story itself is boring. I probably would have quit listening to it halfway through, but my book club was reading it, so I finished it. The narrator was very good and helped out the story as best she could with her fantastic accents.
I doubt it.
Yeah, she did a good job.
It is probably terribly culturally important, etc., etc., but it remains a chick flick book.
I'm not really sure how this book received such high ratings. It starts of slow going and continues slow throughout. I expected it to pick up speed and any time, but it just didn't.
I read this book at the urging of a friend and was willing to indulge the somewhat maudlin telling of an unlikely story for the chance to hear a version of what life might have been like in Brooklyn in the early 1900's, a chance to learn more about what my grandparents might have experienced themselves. Unfortuneately my bright but cynical son listened to about 15 minutes of it with me and was all too good at pointing out how soppy it was and he ruined it for me. From that point forward I couldn't help finding the book a somewhat preposterous fairytale instead of a realistic portrait of the past. These people were too good; fate was too predictable and well, you get the picture...
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