A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A coming of age story about a girl growing up in Williamsburg in the first half of the 20th Century.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of the most wonderful books of all time. It’s almost too perfect in its humor, poignancy, and wisdom. I’ve read it countless times since I was a bookish kid like Francie Nolan, wishing I could buy penny candy and sleep in the front room on a cool fall night. My heart broke for her all over again watching Johnny’s descent, and this time I found myself admiring Katie’s strength and dignity. Plus now that I know Williamsburg better it’s fun to know that my kids have played in the same park that Francie once did.

This time around I listened to the audio version, narrated by Kate Burton, who gave Francie the most wonderful Brooklyn accent I’ve ever heard. Top notch production.

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