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 fell in love with this book almost instantly and have listened to it several times. One of the great classics that should be read continually. The commentary about the turn of the century, poverty, school, and growing up is lovely.
It is easy to come to love each of the characters as the story gives you a glimpse into each of their perspectives.
I have listened to this at least 4 times. It's one of those you can just keep listening to.
Angela's Ashes, the American girl version.
She gave the characters feeling
No, but it was a book I didn't want to end.
This was one of the favorite books I read as a pre-teen. It was such a fond memory I was excited when I found it on Audible. I enjoyed it just as much reading it as an adult. The story is compelling, well written and the characters are fond memories in my heart. The struggles that this family, and especially the daughter come through make it an inspiring story for a pre-teen or teen and adults alike. When I first read this book it was my favorite on the same level as "Diary of Anne Frank."
I would recommend this book to anyone.
It took me years to get around to reading this book. It is fantastic!! very enjoyable listen. I wish I had gotten to it sooner. Should be required reading for young adults.
New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
I had not read the print version but it had been on my "list" for years. The audio version did not disappoint so I'll assume it was at least as good as the print version.
There is a scene where Katie rescues her daughter Francie from an attacker by running for a pistol hidden in their home. That was quite a memorable scene.
The scene where the young children "catch" a large tree thrown at them to bring home as their Christmas tree was definitely one of my favorites.
Katie is the most memorable character for me because she is such a strong woman who manages to bring up her children in such extreme poverty with such love and happiness despite their unfortunate lot in life.
The narrator of this audiobook did a great job with all the characters. I also like how the book shows that money does not buy happiness and that the love of family can sustain you through the worst of circumstances. I also like how Francie, despite the less than fortunate upbringing, just loves Brooklyn, her childhood home.
About a girl
I can't think of any.
Didn't like the narrator. Very robotic and ended her sentences in questions.
Before the war: a tale of a Brooklyn girl pre-WWI
Its relevance to life then and now. It's timeless.
Of course, the protagonist, Francie Nolan! Why? Because without her, the story could not exist.
I love all of her characters, she is very good at every accent of the different immigrants of that time.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I am sorry I have not read this story sooner. I love the story and the narrator brings the story to life. I'm currently on my second listen. I'll probably listen to it over and over. I love it!
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