September 03, 2007

September Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wynn told me that as the newest member of the bookitty-book-book club I could pick the book for September.
So I choose A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith
In pre-World War I Brooklyn, young Francie struggles to keep her idealism alive in the face of grinding poverty, the comedies and tragedies of ordinary life. Her mother, Katie, is a realistic woman who works as a janitor in their tenement to make ends meet. Her father, Johnny, is an alcoholic singing waiter who is more of a dreamer. Along with her brother Neeley, the four of them live in a poor apartment inWilliamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC.
As someone who spends a lot of time in Brooklyn, I truly enjoy this book. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to your comments.


Jean Knee said...

I couldn't help but notice Angela's ashes had the same story line only in Ireland.

Anonymous said...

I am in Battle of the books at my school and I have read 4 out of 5 of these books that I must read to qualify.
I am very glad to hear you enjoyed this book because it happens to be on the list, and also one of the ones I haven't read. I also have this one checked out from the library.
Thank you for the inspiration. I will make sure to get into this book when I have time.