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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century,  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 Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and suffering that were the lot of New York’s poor. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of Francie, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child, and of her family.

‘If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience… It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships.’ The New York Times

‘This story radiates life.’ Daily Telegraph

‘One of the books of the century.’ New York Public Library


01 January, 1943

About Betty Smith

Born in 1896 in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, Betty Smith grew up poor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These experiences served as the framework to her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She wrote three further novels before her death, aged 75, in 1972.


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