A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Have been listening to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn over the last couple of weeks as I drive around town. Really a wonderful book in many ways. Most striking to me are a couple of things:

1) The portrayal of poverty – a reality we can hardly imagine from our current historical setting. I find myself pretty thankful for the fact I don’t live in times such as they live.

2) The portrayal of religion – the struggles and sometimes the harshness of those around the main character lead her to doubt and even deny God’s existence. This is a window into the thought of an unbeliever.

3) Changing cultural norms – apart from the issues of poverty, how sexuality and family and gender and a host of other issues are handled provides a recurrent set of surprises – and opportunities to reevaluate the present (both positively and sometimes negatively).

Glad I’m doing this.


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