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Drama, Historical Fiction
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is narrated from the third-person omniscient point of view. However, the narrative voice may strike readers, at times, as the voice of grown protagonist Francie. This unusual narrative balance allows readers access to aspects of events and characters that Francie wouldn't have. At the same time, the connection Smith creates to Francie's voice injects readers with an emotional commitment to Francie.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is written in the past tense.
The tree of the title A Tree Grows in Brooklyn refers to both a specific tree in protagonist Francie Nolan's yard and to the type of tree generally called the Tree of Heaven. This tree grows only in tenement districts; if one of these trees manages to make its way out of a concrete crack, it signals the neighborhood's tenement status.
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