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A tree grows in Brooklyn

by Smith, Betty, 1896-1972.

Format: Book on CD 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 4 copies
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD SMI
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Like a tree growing through virtually impenetrable concrete, the protagonist of this novel, Francie Nolan, blossoms in harsh, unforgiving, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. With her brother being the more well-liked child of the family, Francie struggles to find beauty and happiness in her life. Against all odds, she often does. This classic novel is imbibed with a feeling of perseverance and enormous beauty.

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity. His wife Katie scrubs floors to put food on the table and clothes on her childrens' backs, instilling in them the values of being practical and planning ahead.

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 oft to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Francie Nolan grows up amid the poverty of a Brooklyn tenement, in a poignant novel set in the early twentieth century."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Poor families -- Fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Caedmon,2008
Contributors Mitchard, Jacquelyn.
Burton, Kate.
Participants/Performers Performed by Kate Burton ; original audio introduction written and read by Jacquelyn Mitchard.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Description 12 audio discs (15 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780061650499 :
0061650498 :
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