Books from the Backlog: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf or e-reader unread.  If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link at Carole’s Random Life, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.

This week's neglected book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published March 2009 by HarperCollins
(first published 1943)

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident.

The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

Why did I add A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to my bookshelf?

A family member recommended this coming of age book to me. They truly enjoyed it and assumed that I would also. It may be one of the first batch of books that I purchased for my first Kindle in 2009. I’m going to pick this up soon, I haven’t read anything about the slums of Brooklyn in the early 1900’s and it seems to be a well-loved book.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?


  1. Sorry I haven't read it as it isn't really my genre! I have heard good things about it though.

  2. I think that I almost bought this one at some point but it looks like I actually used some control since I don't see it in my kindle account. It does sounds like a great book. I hope you love it when you get the chance to read it!

  3. I haven't read this one yet either, although I have had my copy for a few years as well. One of these days!