Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog. I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long! Today's book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
Blurb: 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.
Why It Needs to Get Off the Backlog: This is such a classic and I know so many people who absolutely adore it. Not only have I never read it but I really don't even know that much about it. A few years ago I decided it was time to read it and bought a really pretty copy. Have I read it? Of course not! But I really feel like I should.
Have you read this one? What classic do you have on your shelf that you know you should read but just haven't managed it yet?