If you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

If you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father's romantic and her mother's practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century. (catalog summary)
 
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