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Book 1, Chapters 1–2 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn opens on a summer Saturday in 1912. The reader is introduced to Mary Francis Nolan—Francie—an... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 3–4 Francie knows Papa is home when she hears him singing "Molly Malone" as he makes his way up the stairs. She loves him ... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 5–6 Mama and Aunt Sissy return from the movies. Francie loves her aunt, who makes everything "gay and glamorous." Aunt Sis... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 7–8 Before Katie Rommely met him, Johnny Nolan was dating her best friend, Hildy O'Dair. One night, Hildy gets Johnny to b... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 9–10 Married life starts off fairly well for Johnny and Katie. Both work as janitors at a school, and they are comfortable.... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 11–12 Johnny celebrates his 21st birthday with a three-day drinking binge. When he finally comes home, Katie locks him in th... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 13–14 Life on Lorimer Street is much the same as it was before they moved, although it's a slight cut above. Shopkeepers can... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 15–16 Book 3, the largest section of the novel, resumes the story begun in Book 1. The reader is returned to 1912, following... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 17–18 The piano in the front room is not the only manna from heaven. A piano teacher lives in the building. Miss Lizzie Tynm... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 19–20 Francie doesn't fit in at school. She is "too quiet" for the "rougher" kids, and shunned by those better behaved. She ... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 21–22 None of the torments Francie undergoes can undermine her love of learning. The brutal days were intermittently broken ... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 23–24 More improvement in Francie's educational life comes by chance. A Saturday stroll in October brings Francie to a littl... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 25–26 Johnny's drinking continues to increase, but when he is sober, he tries to facilitate his children's education. For ex... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 27–28 Christmas is special, not only for religious reasons, but for its various rituals. One such ritual involves tree chuck... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 29–30 Johnny's misguided attempts at fatherhood are foregrounded when he decides Francie and Neeley need to see the ocean. H... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 31–32 Aunt Evy isn't allowed to work her husband's milk route after his horse kicks him in the head—even though he can't wor... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 33–34 When Francie starts getting curious about sex, Mama doesn't blink. Unlike other neighborhood parents who don't talk ab... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 35–36 Christmas is almost here again. Johnny hasn't been "sick" in a while, but he is acting strangely. Then one day he come... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 37–38 Francie tells Neeley she no longer believes in God, which frightens her younger brother. In a rare display of tenderne... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 39–40 In May 1916 Francie and Neeley are confirmed, but there is no joy in it for Francie. Meanwhile, her grades slide, and ... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 41–42 With Laurie's arrival, the family's schedule changes. After all, Laurie can't be left alone. So, Katie works very earl... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 43–44 Francie has her first job, at an artificial flower-making factory. She is proud of her pay—five dollars for the week. ... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 45–46 It is Christmastime again, a year after Johnny's death. Much has changed. This year, there is enough money not just fo... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 47–48 Neeley, who has inherited some of his father's artistic talent, sometimes plays piano at the neighborhood ice cream sa... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 49–50 Francie's lifelong devotion to reading and writing has resulted in skills that make it possible for her to take summer... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 51–52 In order to enroll as a regular college student, Francie, soon to turn 16, has to pass her entrance exams. So, she beg... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 53–54 Francie dutifully writes to Lee—that very night, in fact—repeating her love and promises. Several days later, a letter... Read More
Book 5, Chapters 55–56 The first of the final two chapters resolves myriad events in young Francie's life. She has taken and passed her colle... Read More
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