A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty
Smith, was published in 1943 by Harper and Brothers in the United
The novel follows the life of Francie Nolan. The main character is a girl, later a young woman, facing and overcoming adversity throughout her life. The book uses minor themes of dishonesty, alcoholism, and the general hardships of growing up poor in turn-of the century Brooklyn to show Francie's determination to survive and succeed.
Standard fare in secondary education, and commonly found in libraries, this twentieth century classic helped to define a generation. Damage to the dust jacket is common, as is age-tanning and foxing. The spine of this book can also sometimes show wear and tearing. 50,000 copies were issued in the first printing. Signed copies are very rare, and if of high quality commonly sell for over $10,000 USD. This work is highly sought after, both as a classic coming of age story, and a definitively American work of fiction.