A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational adolescent girl and her family living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn , New York City , during the first two decades of the 20th century. The book was an immense success. It was also released in an Armed Services Edition , the size of a paperback , to fit in a uniform pocket. One Marine wrote to Smith, "I can't explain the emotional reaction that took place in this dead heart of mine A surge of confidence has swept through me, and I feel that maybe a fellow has a fighting chance in this world after all.
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Francie was the tree that grew in Brooklyn, the one that blossomed out of the pavements, whose strength was not recognized because the breed was so common. A friend told me it was where she first learned at 12 about sex. Another reader was dismayed to realize that her mother had purloined incidents from Francie's childhood and made them her own, telling her daughter tales from the book as if she had lived them herself. The novelist Helen Schulman would read the book again and again, never finishing, each time starting from the beginning so that for her the book never ended. Francie is the tree, and so is the book itself. It is, tested by time, one of the most cherished of American novels, recording in its powerful fashion the first years of this century in a breeding place of American genius, Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Greenpoint. In the novel's period these neighborhoods were mostly populated by a poverty-level mix of the two great waves of immigrants, the Irish and the Germans of the midth century and the East European Jews and Italians who followed.