Time to announce the March Reading Buddies book! It was neck and neck for a while there, but A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith won out in the end.
Here’s what Goodreads has to say about our March pick:
“The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.”
I know I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a kid, but I hardly remember it and am looking forward to revisiting it! I hope some of you will be able to join me.
Just a reminder: February’s book is The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. I just picked up my copy and am looking forward to digging in!
Finally, the poll for April is up in the sidebar. The options are (links go to Goodreads): Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov. Please vote for your preference!