A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: Novel Summary: Book 3, Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33

Summary Francie is now aged 13, in Chapter Thirty, and has had her first work published. This is a composition entitled ‘Winter Time’ and it appears in her school magazine.There is then a shift in the narrative when Francie sees her young neighbor, Joanna, who has had an illegitimate baby. Katie has said, ‘let her …

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: Novel Summary: Book 3, Chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Summary The focus returns to Johnny in Chapter Twenty Five. When he drinks heavily he becomes quieter and more distant from his family. After this period, he would feel guilty and believe he should be a better father. Similarly to his mother-in-law, Mary Rommely, he also understands that education brings greater advantages. He takes the …

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: Novel Summary: Book 3, Chapters 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

SummaryOnce the children start attending school, Katie constantly battles against them catching head lice or illness. The measures she takes to protect them from such things are outlined in Chapter Twenty, as she puts kerosene on Francie’s hair and insists that each of them wears garlic around their neck. The children were never ill and …

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: Novel Summary: Book 3, Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Summary Chapter Fifteen begins by relating how, at this new apartment, there are four rooms and a tree is growing in the yard. Francie has not started school yet and watches the children playing at recess. One day a girl comes out alone to clap two board erasers together to clean them. Francie is fascinated …

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: Novel Summary: Book 2, Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

SummaryChapter Ten continues to outline the early years of Johnny and Katie’s marriage. Three months after Francie’s birth Katie realizes she is pregnant again. Life is a struggle as Francie is a sickly baby, but when somebody suggests that it would be best if the baby (Francie) died, Katie compares her to the tree that …

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