New York: Harper and Brothers, 1943. First edition. A Fine copy of the book in like dust jacket. Exceptionally scarce in this condition.
Betty Smith’s iconic first novel was based on her own experiences growing up as a child of immigrants in Williamsburg. At its release in 1943, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn gained immediate popularity, selling over 300,000 copies in the first six weeks after it was published. The book's success then and now has been borne out of its ability to speak to multiple marginalized communities: girls, immigrants, the working class, those struggling with abuse and addiction. Readers continue to connect with the voice of protagonist Francie, who describes Brooklyn and thus her own story: "It's a magic city and it isn't real...It's like a dream...But it's like a dream of being poor and fighting." Later turned into a 1945 film by Elia Kazan, the novel was also placed on the New York Public Library’s list of Books of the Century. And a New York Times review declared "Smith has a treasure lode and she knows it -- and in this one book she gives it all away...The book is a social document with the power of photographs. It gives the detail that illuminates the past. But it's the book's emotional life that has kept it in print." Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #3307)