Adult Fiction SMITH
Summary: 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 with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. 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 more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, 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 unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.
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Sensitive; dreamer; loves to sit by the tree growing in her courtyard; watches her family struggle with money; father was a hard drinker who passed away when she was 14; determined to succeed in life.
Works hard to support her family; in love with her husband though he is a heavy drinker; knows her daughter will succeed; loves her son more than her daughter; proud woman.
Katie's husband; drinks heavily; dreamer; tries to bring money in for his family.