Book Discussion & Movie: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

February 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Book Discussion & Movie: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Afternoon Open Book Club will meet February 19th at 1 pm in the Story Garden to discuss Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and watch the 1945 film based on the book.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior―such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce―no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are raw with honestly and tenderly threaded with family connectedness. Betty Smith has captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life―from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. (

Books are available at the circulation desk. The Afternoon Open Book Club meets at the Library the third Wednesday of the month (September- June). Call the Library with questions at 315.655.9322.