A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I’m not sure why I didn’t read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn sooner, but I do know that it has been firmly established as one of my Favorite Books of ALL TIME.
Betty Smith’s novel is an American classic, the coming-of-age story of a young girl, the daughter of poor Irish immigrants, in Brooklyn at the turn of the century. Francie is a bright girl, surrounded by ugliness and yet finding so much beauty in it all. She especially finds it in books, which she devours passionately, and in the love beneath the dysfunction that is her family life. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a beautiful and poignant coming-of-age story, with fluid and engaging prose and characters that come to life right off the page. I could not have fallen more in love with Francie’s story, and this is a book that I will definitely hold dear for years to come.
“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
Project Fill in the Gaps: 1 book read.