A Tree Grows in Brooklyn





Betty Smith (1896-1972)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
New York: Everybody's Vacation Publishing Co., 1943
 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a widely acclaimed and very moving novel set in the early-20th-century Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn. It is more than a story of childhood and family relationships—it is a story of triumph over adversity. Unlike Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, also books about children growing up, Betty Smithnovel is for adults because of its stark realism and its authentic characterizations. The reader senses that it is an autobiographical story.


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