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Monday, September 2, 2013

An Historical Novel

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By: Betty Smith

Genre: fiction

Pages: 496

Published: 2008

Audiobook:  12 CD’s (15 hours and 2 minutes)

Read: August

4 out of 5

This novel grabs the reader immediately. I love that a child narrates the story and simply tells of her life growing up in the 1900’s. It helps give the reader a perspective on how the world has evolved. I also was engrossed by the fact that although a fictional story; it was written in a realistic fashion. You can imagine everything in this story happening back in the 1900’s. From the financial struggles a family faces to the fact that women were looked upon as only housewives. I loved that Francis was a strong character and a young woman who never let ideas of others stand in her way. She consistently stood up in what she believed to not only her family, but also the community as a whole.  However, the audiobook was poorly recorded and the narrator’s voice “changed” throughout the story causing the story not to flow.

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