A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Ranked #1 in Brooklyn, Ranked #1 in New York Citysee more rankings.

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with... more

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Stephen Dubner I read it over and over in part because I felt it was describing to me what my parents’ life was like when they were kids. (Source)

Tracy Chevalier It’s about an Irish-American family living in Brooklyn at the beginning of the 20th century. (Source)

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