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“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” Has Almost No Plot, and That’s Kind of the Point

Betty Smith’s slow-moving, enduring novel is a master class in characterization and realism

Betty Smith’s 1943 classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ends with the tree, which seems fitting.

“The tree whose leaf umbrellas had curled around, under and over…



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Amy Colleen

I read a lot of books and sometimes I’m funny. Aspiring novelist, practicing writer, and Oxford comma fan (though obviously lenient on sentence fragments).