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A Tree Grows in BrooklynThe beloved American classic about a young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century Betty Smith's 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 in Dear God let me be something every minute of every hour of my life Let me be gay; let me be sad Let me be cold; let me be warm Let me be hungryhave too much to eat Let me be ragged or well dressed Let me be sincere be deceitful Let me be truthful; let me be a liar Let me be honorable and let me sin Only let me be something every blessed minute And when I sleep let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lostDon't say that It's not better to die Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live Look at that tree growing up there from the grating It gets no sun and water only when it rains It's growing out of sour earth And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strongOh I wish I was young again when everything seemed so wonderfulWell a person can cry for only so long Then she has to find something else to do with her timeI know that's what people say you'll get over it I'd say it too But I know it's not true Oh you'll be happy again never fear But you won't forget

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Book ✓ 496 pages ☆ Goproled ✓ [Reading] ➽ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Author Betty Smith – Goproled.co.uk The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled wCident The story of young sensitive and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for than sixty years By turns overwhelming sublime heartbreaking and uplifti During my adolescent years a short run program on television was Brooklyn Bridge a show about life in Brooklyn during the 1950s The last line of the show's theme song was that place just over the Brooklyn Bridge will always be home to me When I think of Brooklyn my mind goes back to a wholesome time when city children could stay out late and parents did not have to worry about their well being where children freuented the penny candy store and rode on paper routes after school This was the Brooklyn of the 1950s yet by immersing myself in Betty Smith's timeless A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for two days I entered into an environment that was both wholesome and dangerous and a perfect setting for coming of age the Brooklyn of the 1910s Francie Nolan was born December 15 1901 the eldest child of Johnny and Katie Nolan The Nolan parents may have been born in Brooklyn but both only had an eighth grade education and had been working in factories from the time they were fourteen By the time they married as older teenagers the Nolans were relegated to a life in the tenements living paycheck to paycheck The only way they could afford their apartment was through Katie working as a janitress in the building Here is where we first meet Francie age eleven a girl who her grandmother Mary Rommely noted was destined for a special life As Francie and her brother Neeley aged one year younger came of age they had to endure many hardships Between Johnny's drinking and Katie's meager earnings there was no telling where the family's next meal would come from Yet Katie persevered because she wanted her children to have a better life than the one she had She had Francie and Neeley read a page of the Bible and a page of Shakespeare each night before bed and exchanged her work as a janitor for piano lessons from two spinster women who lived downstairs Between this self education and Johnny's constant lessons in civics and politics the Nolan children had education than their parents ever had One place that was free was the public library Francie was determined to read one book a day for the rest of her life Through reading she uplifted herself from the rest of her neighborhood despite the extreme poverty in which she lived Katie taught her children to be proud of their station in life and never accept charity Through hard work religion and education the next generation would endure I thought these messages were timeless as well as the sisterly chats between Katie and her sisters Sissy and Evy which eventually grew to include Francie when she reached her teen years Girls grew up fast then a girl freuenting the library one day to a teen working in a factory the next I thought Francie's exchanges with Katie and Sissy about life were especially poignant as I watched Francie grow up before my eyes Betty Smith was born December 15 1896 five years before Francie Nolan A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was her first novel and an autobiographical account of her life until she left for college It generated much acclaim even initially because as writer Anna uindlen points out in her forward that no matter what station in life you are in a person can see oneself in Francie Nolan Perhaps if I had read this book when I was eleven I may have thought this way Yet by reading this classic for the first time as an adult I found it to be a charming historical fiction coming of age story; however not one that left me bawling and would change my life For an adolescent girl reading this for the first time A Tree Grows in Brooklyn would be a special experience As Francie is about to leave her childhood behind she points out that Brooklyn is a special place not like New York and one has to be from there to understand it These sentiments echoed uindlen's writing as I came to experience the magic of early 20th century Brooklyn Betty Smith ties up her ending happily because this is what happens in the first part of her life She would go on to be a novelist and playwright and a reader can expect the same bright things for Francie Nolan For an eleven year old girl reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a magical experience and sure fire five star read As an adult I can appreciate the life lessons learned as well as the timeless of the setting I enjoyed my time with Francie and her family and rate this classic 45 shining stars

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Ng the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a uniue time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experien “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first time or last time Then your time on earth will be filed with glory”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty SmithThis may well be one of the top 5 books I have ever read It is an amazing piece of fiction one of those books that stays with you long after you've read it This was Betty Smith’s first novel and it is an American classic; it was an immediate bestseller when it was published in 1943 Smith drew from her own experience growing up in Brooklyn at the turn of the twentieth century to create the character of Francie Nolan It’s story of a young girl learning to persevere – like the tree of the book’s title – and overcome the hardships of poverty One of the first plainly written novels about the lives of ordinary working class Americans it’s beloved as a story of what it means to be humanBut A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is much than a coming of age story Its richly plotted narrative of three generations in a poor but proud American family offers a detailed and unsentimental portrait of urban life at the beginning of the century The story begins in 1912 in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where eleven year old Francie Nolan and her younger brother Neeley are spending a Saturday collecting rags paper metal rubber and other scrap to sell to the junk man for a few pennies Half of any money they get goes into the tin can bank that is nailed to the floor in the back corner of a closet in their tenement flat This bank a shared resource among everyone in the family is returned to time and again throughout the novel and becomes a recurring symbol of the Nolan's self reliance struggles and dreamsThose dreams sustain every member of the extended Nolan family not just the children Their mother Katie scrubs floors and works as a janitor to provide the family with free lodging She is the primary breadwinner because her husband Johnny a singing waiter is often drunk and out of work Yet there is no dissension in the Nolan household Katie married a charming dreamer and she accepts her fate but she vows that things will be better for her children Her dream is that they will go to college and that Neeley will become a doctor Intelligent and bookish Francie seems destined to fulfill this ambition Neeley less soIn spite of or perhaps because of her own pragmatic nature Francie feels a stronger affinity with her ne'er do well father than with her self sacrificing mother In her young eyes Johnny can make wishes come true as when he finagles her a place in a better public school outside their neighborhood When Johnny dies an alcohol related death leaving behind the two school aged children and another on the way Francie cannot uite believe that life can carry on as before Somehow it does although the family's small enough dreams need to be further curtailed Through Katie's determination Francie and Neeley are able to graduate from the eighth grade but thoughts of high school give way to the reality of going to work Their jobs which take them for the first time across the bridge into Manhattan introduce them to a broader view of life beyond the parochial boundaries of Williamsburg Here Francie feels the pain of her first love affair And with determination eual to her mother's she finds a way to complete her education As she heads off to college at the end of the book Francie leaves behind the old neighborhood but carries away in her heart the beloved Brooklyn of her childhoodNo matter your age or your place in life the rich prose A Tree Grows In Brooklyn will fuel your dreams and bring joy to your heart as you are transported to another time