Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

I love this book, even though it took me longer to read. I have watched the black and white movie version many times, loving the story. The story is set in the early 1900’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is about a young girl, Francie and her poor Irish immigrant family. Her father Johhny Nolan, is a singing waiter but is drunk most of the time and out of work. Johnny and Francie have a close relationship. Her mother Katie scrubs floors and does her best to teach family values and prepare the children for the future. Neely is her younger brother, they do most things together. The Rommelys, Katie’s mother and sisters are strong women that stick together through tough times. The movie stops a lot earlier than the book. So I was able to see more of Francie’s life and have closure.