A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: A Novel (Paperback)

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A bittersweet tale of an impoverished girl, Francie, coming of age in an unforgiving world set at the turn of the 19th century, this novel explores the harsh realities of women in society, work, and family as seen through Francie's eyes. Simultaneously heart-wrenching, hopeful, and beautiful.

— From Lizzie


The beloved perennial classic—named as one of the books of the twentieth century by the New York Public Library.

Orville Prescott has called this American classic “one of the most dearly beloved and one of the finest books of our day.” Indeed, when A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was first published in 1943, four printing plants were required to keep up with the demand.

Seventy years later, readers are still fascinated by Betty Smith’s moving portrayal of the Nolans, a poor family living in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn. A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky.

About the Author

Betty Smith (1896–1972) was a native of Brooklyn, New York. Her novels A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Tomorrow Will Be Better, Joy in the Morning, and Maggie-Now continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers worldwide.

Praise For…

“Betty Smith was a born storyteller.”
USA Today

“One of the books of the century.”
— New York Public Library

“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

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn deserves to be thought of as one of the greatest American novels.”
The New Yorker

“One of the most cherished of American novels….It is the Dickensian novel of New York that we didn’t think we had.”
New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062096951
ISBN-10: 0062096958
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 16th, 2014
Pages: 624
Language: English
Series: P.S. (Paperback)