A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
By Betty Smith

My mom gave me this for my 20th birthday. The story is about a family living in Brooklyn who doesn't have money. The father is an alcoholic and always trying to find work. Still, his daughter, Francie, believes in his hopes and dreams. Then, when she's 14 years old, he dies. My dad died from a heart attack when I was 18. The minute I knew he was gone forever I felt like I was a little girl again. All of a sudden I was lost: How could I not have his wisdom, his discipline that drove me crazy, all the things that I treasured? I sobbed the whole way through this book.


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