A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived."
Set in the first two decades of the 20th century, this classic novel follows the lives of the Nolan family. Katie Nolan, the matriarch, is a beautiful young woman who fell in love and got married at the age of 17. She is also hardworking, practical, realistic and the only one with a steady job in the family. Johnny Nolan, the patriarch, is a charismatic man who is dearly loved by his family and peers but has a severe problem with alcohol and is therefore unable to keep a job. Francie Nolan, the couple's oldest daughter and the novel's heroine, loves reading and tries her best to get an education despite their poverty. Finally, Neeley Nolan (Francie's younger brother), a popular boy in the neighborhood, favored by his mother because of his good looks and charming personality. A courageous family determined to overcome their hardships for a glimpse of a better future, a chance at the American Dream.
Poverty, alcoholism, education, immigration, family, love, perseverance are some of the issues masterfully addressed in this wonderful book. A brilliant read for all ages and an absolute classic! I can't believe it took me so long to finally read it...
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