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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity. His wife Katie scrubs floors to put food on the table and clothes on her childrens' backs, instilling in them the values of being practical and planning ahead. When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie, smart, pensive and hoping for something better, cannot believe that life can carry on as before. But with her own determination, and that of her mother behind her, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading oft to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity. His wife Katie scrubs floors to put food on the table and clothes on her childrens' backs, instilling in them the values of being practical and planning ahead. When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie, smart, pensive and hoping for something better, cannot believe that life can carry on as before. But with her own determination, and that of her mother behind her, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading oft to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.
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A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity. His wife Katie scrubs floors to put food on the table and clothes on her childrens' backs, instilling in them the values of being practical and planning ahead. When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie, smart, pensive and hoping for something better, cannot believe that life can carry on as before. But with her own determination, and that of her mother behind her, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading oft to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Burton

Length:

15h 2m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

42:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

41:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

37:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

37:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

37:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

38:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

31:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

41:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

38:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

36:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

41:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

40:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

40:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:49