#3 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a re-read. I read it as a teenager and then again a couple of years ago.

It is another Bildungsroman!

It’s also classified, often, as “young adult.” But I got much more out of reading it as a grown-up than I did as a “young adult.”

This is not your Catcher in the Rye or Bell Jar progress of a troubled young soul type of book. It’s about a family trying to survive in grinding poverty and the indomitable human spirit. Or something.

Anyway it’s magical.

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2 Responses to #3 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  1. Nancy says:

    One of my favorites!

  2. Hannah N says:

    Yeah, it’s a classic! Thanks for reading, Nancy!

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