There is something so comforting about rereading a classic. The writing is always impeccable, the story feels like an old, familiar friend but somehow feels different this time around, and you finish it knowing you will return to it again someday. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is no different. I first read this book in either high school or college before I ever lived in New York. And although much has changed in New York City since the early 1900's when the book takes place, so much of it felt like my New York. A street I lived on for years in Queens was even mentioned in one part of the novel. This is such a special book with incredibly strong female characters. I admire all of the Nolan women, but especially Katie Nolan, who worked so hard to make sure her children had a better life and an education.
The world was hers for the reading.
Also quoted in my very first blog post ever.
Why You Should Read It:
It's one of my favorites.