A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith audiobook

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By Betty Smith
Introduction by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Read by Kate Burton

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The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences--a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.

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Summary

Summary

One of the New York Public Library’s 150 Most Important Books of the 20th Century

A 2002 Audie Award Finalist

An iBooks bestseller in Fiction

An Electric Literature Pick of 9 Books about Coming of Age in a City

A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Life Changing Books to Read with Your Mom

A BookPage Top Pick of Best Book Recommendations from Our Moms

The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences--a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life…If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience.” New York Times
“One of the most dearly beloved and one of the finest books of our day.” New York Times Book Review
“Kate Burton communicates the universality of Francie’s childhood dreams, and the image of young Francie, sitting out on the fire escape, so close to a growing tree that she feels as if she is nestled in its branches…There’s a reason this tale remains beloved after almost fifty years, and it stands with memoirs like Angela’s Ashes for its happy-ending triumph over a bad childhood.” AudioFile
“The novel centers on Francie Nolan, a young Irish girl in the slums of Williamsburg in the early 1900s. Through her, readers from every time, place, and circumstance are given a lesson about the cruelty of the world, the importance of relying on yourself, and never allowing darkness to dampen your spirit. This may seem like a trite sentiment to an adult, but it shouldn’t. My mother gave me A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to read when I was eleven during a tough period in my youth, and I devoured it in one sitting. It was the first book that really introduced me to the transformative power of literature.” Electric Literature

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Author

Author Bio: Betty Smith

Author Bio: Betty Smith

Betty Smith (1896–1972), was born Elisabeth Wehner in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. She studied journalism at the University of Michigan and playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and was a successful, award-winning dramatist. The bestselling A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was her first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 15.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English