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Betty Smith, the beloved author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, weaves a riveting modern myth out of the experiences of her own life in this rediscovered classic. In Brooklyn's unforgiving urban jungle, Maggie Moore is torn between answering her own needs and catering to the desirous men who dominate her life. Confronted by her quarrelsome Irish immigrant father, the fecklessBetty Smith, the beloved author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, weaves a riveting modern myth out of the experiences of her own life in this rediscovered classic. In Brooklyn's unforgiving urban jungle, Maggie Moore is torn between answering her own needs and catering to the desirous men who dominate her life. Confronted by her quarrelsome Irish immigrant father, the feckless lover who may become her husband, and others, Maggie must learn to navigate a cycle of loss, separation, and hope as she forges her own path toward happiness.With characteristic warmth, compelling insight, and easy, conversational prose, Betty Smith's Maggie-Now poignantly illuminates one woman's struggles and successes as she grapples with timeless questions of desire, duty, self-sacrifice, and the quest for fulfillment. Maggie-Now is an unforgettable masterpiece from one of the twentieth century's greatest talents....

Title : Maggie Now
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ISBN : 9780892440542
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 577 Pages
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Maggie Now Reviews

  • Lucy
    2019-05-05 18:23

    A recent review of, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by one of my goodreads friends sent me to recalling all the Betty Smith books that I loved over the years. a tree is probably her most famous, having been made into movies and since it is so young adult friendly. But Maggie Now was my favorite because of it's moody mysterious romance between a proper Irish woman and a "man with a past". Maggie's husband leaves her every year to search for some missing key to his life and his impetus is a breeze.A common thread that runs through Smith's stories is women and their often unreasoning loyalty to the men in their lives. Maggie accepts Claude's absences and welcomes him home again just like the tired, hard-working mother in A Tree remains loyal to her drunken husband.

  • Peyton
    2019-05-20 19:18

    This was a great vacation read. I am a HUGE Betty Smith fan; A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is probably my favorite book and this does not disappoint. That being said, this book is very similar in setting and tone...almost too similar. I enjoyed it and once I finished it, found myself feeling as I do with any book I love: a little lost and curious as to what I should do with my time. Always a sign of a good read!

  • Anne
    2019-05-07 21:20

    This was a lovely book. It centered, as usual, around a strong, intelligent female protagonist, but it was definitely a little different from the other Betty Smith books (of which, by the way, I can't help wishing there were many more!). Maggie-Now reminds me of how Katie Nolan might have been if she had had more money and if she hadn't gotten married. She takes care of everyone--her father, Patsy (who is just an appalling creature, really), her brother, Denny (who becomes a butcher because he thinks it's cool!), all of her foster children (interesting and refreshing, a heroine who can't have children), and her husband, Claude. Claude is just bizarre--not from Brooklyn, clearly, highly educated, no family, no idea, really, where he comes from, and he does like Vianne in Chocolat and Mary Poppins and leaves when he feels the pull of the wind. I thought that was just a hair farfetched, actually, but I still liked him as a character. I hope Maggie-Now gets to be happy in the future--Betty Smith always does end her books with lots of loose ends. I'm always thinking and hoping about the fate of the main characters when I close the book.

  • Jill Hanley
    2019-04-21 23:14

    I wouldn't recommend this as anyone's gateway Betty Smith (start with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!), but Maggie-Now has got the heart, the humor, and the more-than-competent and never-maudlin depiction of sacrifice and struggle of her other novels. Her characters are like your most wickedly funny and flawed best friends, who you maybe want to shake and scream at sometimes but who you also want to invite over for tea/hard liquor and just listen to them talk. A warning: your Depress-O-Meter will go off the charts at some point. Probably near the end. You'll forgive Smith for putting you through the emotional meat-grinder, because she keeps her humor to the last. Overall, I wouldn't say this is the best Betty Smith--it drags sometimes, and the characters WILL be stubborn and jealous and mean to an almost laughable point over and over and over again, and they will make bad decisions over and over and over again and make little to no sense of their mistakes, and things will keep getting worse before they get better (and, trust me, things do get at least a little better). However, it's great for a rainy day inside, a train journey, or also any time that you need a good old-fashioned cure for your first-world problems, because this'll cure them right quick.

  • MaryAnn
    2019-04-28 01:13

    Sometimes people will ask 'What books influenced you the most growing up?' I wouldn't recall this book as an answer but as I reread it; I could see many, many influences. As a young adult I thought it was mostly a romance. But this time around, I recognized the seeds of many of my own values from its emphasis and importance of a house that is clean, scrubbed and polished. Also the many skills and responsibilities of women who kept house. Sewing, remaking clothes as well as household items, shopping on meager budgets and cooking with ease from scratch are just a few. I still strive to keep my house clean. The other skills are more manifest in the desire to be competent, industrious and tough.There are gems of discussion and insight i.e. religious belief, honoring and respecting people despite their wealth or poverty as well as what is love really? I also loved the telling of what it was like to be an immigrant in this period of history, the early 20th century in this setting, Brooklyn, NY.Within it all is the story of Maggie Now, her family, friends and community from before her birth to her late 30's. And within that story is her development as a generous giving soul trying to find a balance with her own needs, her vocation and her responsibilities.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-06 01:24

    It is hard to love a novel when you couldn't care less about the protagonist. And in this novel's protagonist, there just isn't a whole lot there - Maggie-Now is the proverbial doormat, and knowing she enjoys being the doormat doesn't really make her any more compelling. She puts up with a husband who won't tell her who he is, where he came from, where he works, or where he goes when he disappears for 3/4's of the year, and we're supposed to believe that the freshness of the sex when he returns is enough to make up for everything else. I'm not buying it - I don't care how giving and shallow Maggie-Now was supposed to be. Throughout her novels, Smith tells us again and again that you will never regret marrying (or even just sleeping with) the man you're passionate about, but it never seems to work out all that well for the women who take her advice, does it? A previous reviewer mentioned that the novel lacks cohesion, and that was really just as bothersome as the vapid main character. It wanders first through Pat's life, then Mary's, then inexplicitly dwells on Maggie Now's for the rest of the novel. The fact that Pat is still there, but fades into the background, only to be used for narrative tension and commedic effect when needed, makes the wandering that much more disconcerting. I suppose parallels could be drawn between Claude, the wandering husband, and Betty Smith, the wandering writer, but I really just don't care enough about any of them to go down that road.But here's what saves the novel from less stars in my book; the last chapter, and especially the last two pages, represent one of the best book endings I have ever read. The scene is vivid, the characters are alive, and for the first time in the book, I was wishing for more. Absolutely brilliant! If only it had followed a more compelling story...

  • Steph Su
    2019-04-20 17:14

    Smith's book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is basically flawless, but this one didn't do it for me at all. It's completely different, to be sure: I think that Smith deliberately makes all the characters in MAGGIE-NOW unsympathetic, which is more like reality than we'd like to admit. However, it's literature, dudes, and self-involved human reader that I am, I'm not going to spend several hours of my life on people who are never happy, won't ever be happy, and don't deserve to be happy, not on account of unfortunate external circumstances but because of their own mindsets.There are plenty of books with unsympathetic characters that I appreciate (the book, and their depiction of those characters, not the characters themselves), and it's not like Smith does this badly. But MAGGIE-NOW is unrelentingly unsympathetic, and a little less than halfway through, I was forced to close the covers to this book forever, to spare myself the agony of watching these characters cause their own train wrecks.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-21 00:28

    This book was so....strange. Let me first say that I love Betty Smith. Her books tug at my heart without making me cry, they are brutal and honest yet beautiful and true. I don't think Betty Smith quite knew what this book was about, and as a result it lacks cohesion. Maybe it is because Maggie herself is, well, not boring exactly, it's just that you realize that there is not a lot of depth to her. She admits this about herself, and that's great, self-knowledge is a good thing, but it doesn't make for a very interesting protagonist. And did anyone else want to beat her senseless for the whole Claude thing? Her father Pat was one of the best characters in the book; that one was seriously PO'd at the world. The ending left me hanging without making me care about what happened next. As Betty Smith novels go, I would read this if you are a huge fan of her writing, but don't go out of your way to find a copy.

  • LemonLinda
    2019-05-20 01:42

    This was a typical Betty Smith novel in that the characters are of Irish heritage, live in Brooklyn and are the working poor, but are filled with pride for their religion, their heritage and their families are closely tied together.This one did not totally engage me in the beginning but as it turned out that part of the book was merely a precursor for the title character. Once she emerged well into the book it changed for me and while at times I wanted to give her a strong wake up call and scream for her to not be a doormat, she was true to herself and what she needed and wanted is not necessarily viewed by others as a strong and steady relationship with one's father, brother and husband. In the end, however, I was wiping tears as I mourned with her for years of what could have been, but at the same time I was thrilled with the hint of who and want she would become.

  • Emily
    2019-04-22 01:29

    Betty Smith is my favorite author, and this book gave me a lot to think about. I thought it was very interesting how Maggie and Patsy had some of the same characteristics, but made opposite choices when it came to the big stuff. I love how Betty Smith recreates the world as she knew it as a child (even though the characters are created). I feel like I learn a lot about the time period and the areas when I read her books. Little details make the picture so clear, without ever being excessive.

  • Briana
    2019-04-30 20:16

    This is a lesser-known novel by the author of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Maggie (nicknamed "Maggie-Now" as a child - that's what her mother was always saying to her) is an utterly provincial working-class girl of Irish descent at the turn of the twentieth century who marries a free spirit. She never leaves Brooklyn, but their unconventional marriage takes her outside herself - for the better.

  • Phyllis
    2019-04-24 22:24

    I was 13 when I first read this book. I found it in a box in a old farmhouse we lived in and since I was/am an insatiable reader I picked it up. This was in 1970 and I have never forgot the book it was and still is one of my favorite books. It is just so sad that she gave and gave emotionally and still lost everything she loved.

  • Chelsea Heath
    2019-05-03 23:14

    LOVED this book. Betty Smith is now one of my favorite authors. As I've said before, I only wish that she would have written more books. I have one more to read, Tomorrow Will Be Better. Maggie-Now follows Patrick Denny and then his daughter, Maggie and son, Denny. It is such a lovely, touching, and endearing story about family and love and loss. I enjoyed it SO much.

  • Me
    2019-05-06 19:23

    I liked this book almost as much as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I first read this as a pre-teen, then later re-read it a few years ago. I then dove into whatever information I could find on Betty Smith. Sure enough, her own life and romances were similar to those of Maggie Now. Betty Smith had a tendency to have romances with men that had either had drinking problems and/or were unreliable.

  • Molly
    2019-04-23 18:28

    This is one of my two favorite books of all time. And Patrick Dennis Moore is one of my favorite characters ever! I can't even explain why I love this book so much, but I have read it so many times, and I get something different out of it in each phase of my life. Betty Smith is such a great writer. I am so grateful for this and her other novels.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-08 23:17

    I really tried to like this book.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-12 01:41

    I have a feeling that this will end up being one of my favorite books I read this year. And not just because it has my name in the title.

  • Carlie
    2019-04-29 18:21

    I started reading this book probably two years ago, maybe longer and I quit halfway through because I found the story boring. It did not measure up to A Tree Grows In Brooklyn probably because Maggie-Now is is all fiction. The story, for me, didn't get interesting until after where I quit reading. Maggie-Now is a generational story starting with Maggie's father Patrick Dempsey Moore. Patrick Moore is a lazy, pain-in-the-butt, Irish immigrant. He left Ireland because he refused to marry Maggie-Rose, after her brother Timmy threatened him. He comes to America and becomes a stable boy to Moriarty. Moriarty had a daughter named Mary and eventually Patrick married Mary despite the fact that Mary's father absolutely hated Patrick, Their marriage is pitiful and Patrick treats Mary terribly. Mary has a daughter and names her Margaret but her nickname is Maggie-Now. Maggie grows up and when she is sixteen ( I think), her mother gives birth to a boy but dies in childbirth. Maggie raises her brother because her father Patrick is a bitter angry man who takes little to no responsibility for anything. Her brother's name is Denny and Maggie raises him alone until he is ten, then she meets Claude Basset. Claude Basset is not a bad man, he truly loves Maggie but he is a born wonderer, being an orphan, and every spring leaves Maggie to go look for his birth parents. Maggie loves Claude, which is her one fault, and waits for him every year to come home in the winter, then she lets him leave again in the spring. They continue this strange relationship as Danny grows up and Patrick retires. Maggie desperately wants children but she never gets pregnant. Finally one spring she decides to become a foster mother, and a couple of years later her request is granted. Now she has children, but she still loses her husband every spring. Denny becomes a man and decides that he wants to be a butcher and marry his sweetheart Theresa. Claude misses the wedding and the christening of their baby. Patrick marries a widow, and leaves Maggie alone with the foster children. Claude comes home one winter night and tells Maggie that he is done searching because he found what he was looking for but the real reason was because he was sick and dying, Claude dies and Patrick scatters his ashes on the wind. That sums up the entire book. The story just seemed slow, and Patrick's unreliable nature made a unlikable character. Everything he did made me angry and just wish he would die or disappear from the story so I didn't have to read about him. I liked the character of Maggie-Now because she was a simple person trying to live her life. She was a practical, plain, lovely girl who didn't deserve a husband like Claude. He treated her well, when he was around, but then he would just go and leave her. There was not a lot of hope in this book. Francie (Tree Grows...) at least rose above her station, but Maggie-Now just stayed where she was, never really moving up in the world. I would hate to say anyone's life was boring but hers was. It is a story about Patrick and Maggie-Now and their lives are just boring. The little details maybe add some spice but while they are most certainly not flat characters they don't do much to improve themselves. I would expect this from Patrick but not from Maggie-Now. While she may be a plain and simple girl, she's not stupid. She could have done much better for herself but she chose not to, which doesn't make any sense to me. I don't want to say anything bad about Betty Smith but the ending made me think either she got bored with the story as well, or she had a deadline. I suppose it ended because every story does end, but it wasn't a very satisfactory ending. It was rather abrupt with not warning. Claude dies, his ashes are scattered and that is that. As I sit here and think about it, there were some loose ends tied, but whatever became of Maggie? Was not a good portion of the book dedicated to her? And yet nothing is said of what happened to her after Claude died. This book has some good points and some faults, and while it is not a bad story I wouldn't recommend it to people. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is another story.

  • Lisa Gallagher
    2019-05-08 20:28

    I read this book not long after reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" when I was nine or ten years old. Certainly less well-known that ATGIB and perhaps not as grand, "Maggie-Now" is still a remarkable read filled with unforgettable characters. A feisty Irish immigrant is forced to move to Brooklyn, New York where he finds work as a livery boy for a wealthy man. He falls in the love with the plain and charitable daughter of his employer, they marry and have two children.At the heart of the story is Margaret, or Maggie-Now, the elder child of the union of Irishman Patsy and soft-spoken teacher Mary, but Maggie-Now is not one of the unforgettable characters that I referenced earlier. As a child, she is inquisitive and slightly rambunctious but as she matures she finds herself becoming the caretaker of her family and those around her. Much has been made in other reviews of how Maggie-Now is a bit of a doormat, but I found it to be a gentle reminder of the circumstances young women found themselves in 100 years ago when fate called them to sacrifice. Maggie-Now is put in an untenable situation of having to raise her brother while she is in her teens and, when she grows up and finally has the opportunity to choose personal freedom or a continued life of sacrifice, she meets exactly the kind of wild, loving and damaged man who will force her to choose the latter.If Maggie-Now is the heart of the story, quietly adjusting to the changes in her circumstances, constantly yielding (if often begrudgingly) to the whims of others, her irascible father Patsy is the polar opposite: unwilling to budge, incapable of listening to reason and doggedly determined to be his authentic, unapologetic self.Maggie-Now suffers lightly from a lack of cohesion, but is still a beautiful read and a favorite of mine.

  • Rori
    2019-05-09 21:26

    I didn't love the characters in Maggie-Now nearly as much as those in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn or Joy in the Morning. I felt that the nuances of her characters in those books made them understandable even if they were not always loveable. The characters in Maggie-Now were much less likeable. Maggie-Now herself was a simple sort of person who almost seemed to relish in allowing herself to be let down time and time again. I found myself struggling to understand why she allowed herself to remain stuck in a lifestyle of unrequited love, whether it be with her parents, her husband, her brother, or her foster children. When she chooses her flighty potential husband over a suitor who seemed far more committed to her happiness, I almost felt relieved for the man she let go... perhaps he was better off than he would have been had Maggie-Now accepted his proposal. I don't like feeling that way about a story's protagonist! And yet... We all know a Maggie-Now and families like hers, those who live life with seemingly little introspection or motivation to seek something better. I wonder, actually, whether the Maggie-Nows of the world are more common than the Francie Nolans. And while we seek out stories to uplift us and give us hope of upward mobility (intellectual or financial) those who continue to strive also maintain a degree of dissatisfaction with what exists. Maggie-Now, for all her life lacks, never seems to question her lot, in doing so, shows a degree of acceptance that those constantly seeking more and better may never attain. And it makes me appreciate Betty Smith all the more for being able to write characters like this. I may not like them, but they do make me think.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-21 19:15

    3.5 Stars.I didn't expect to love this book on the same level as I adore "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" or "Joy in the Morning" (and I was right, I didn't) but I definitely didn't hate it, either. Betty Smith has the special gift of making you care immensely for her characters and what will happen to them. She also gives an incredibly detailed picture of living in Brooklyn during the turn of the century. From popular songs of the day to food prices to details of period clothing and rapidly changing technology and societal mores; there is a wealth of information to be had but always conveyed in a conversational way and always relevant to the story.There was a specific character/story line that DROVE ME NUTS (I'm looking at you, Claude Bissett) and I felt like tossing the book across the room a few times in frustration. However, I've come to trust Betty Smith as an author enough that I knew she would give me the understanding of this guy's actions at some point. I can't say I was super satisfied at the way this part of the story turned out, but Betty Smith doesn't water down reality. Frequently in life happy endings don't happen and people make stupid decisions/mistakes and that is something she is honest about as a writer. Over all this was an enjoyable read and it made me feel all of the feelings. Don't expect "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", but do expect a good read with quality writing.

  • Abby
    2019-05-05 20:23

    I have read many mixed reviews on this book. Let me begin by saying that A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of if not my favorite book. While Maggie Now is still a coming of age novel about a girl in Brooklyn I believe most modern women don't relate with Maggie's character. However, I do believe this is still an important book. I love that Betty Smith is able to write such different and complex characters in her books, and I believe Maggie possessed a different kind of strength when taking into account her strong Catholic faith. All types of women are important and we should celebrate all kinds of strong beautiful women not just ones that fit into our ideals for society. I also love the way the chapters differed from ATGB which seemed to unfold slowly in progression with Francie's life. Maggie- Now is written with swift and rapidly fading chapters especially the parts directly relating to Claude. My main criticism for the novel is that Maggie's character as a young girl compared to her as an older woman don't really add up. They seem like two completely different people, and perhaps that has to do with her life-changing event. Read this book... and keep an open heart and mind.

  • Betty
    2019-04-21 19:42

    Febuary 1st 2010As I am nearing the end of this book, I try to think of how I was affected by it. But even though I am nearing the ens, Istill can not mske my opinion.Febuary 3 2010Yesterday, right before my sleepy self took over my awakened one, I finished reading this book and also won the battle of the many days I had spent reading it. I still cannot decide whether I liked this book or not, I find so much faults in but I can not get over the fact that this was Betty Smith..the author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which was an amazing book. I'm kinda in shock from this book because it wandered so much, just like the other reveiw said.."her heart wasn't really in it" The whole book seemed like one, long flowery sentence that ran on and on. From Pat, to Mary, to Maggie Now. And Maggie Now, she just pissed me off, she never stood up for herself but she didn't play a airy, princessy role either. She was smart but she was stuck in a over womanly position that kept her from reaching her full extent.

  • Anna
    2019-05-08 01:32

    A detailed and complex story of a young woman's life and family in Brooklyn around WWI. I loved the community and family feel that Smith created. Especially a nice American complement to the Mr Selfridge perspective over in England. I loved the thoughts of the characters in italics, especially the dad, Pat(sy), cause he NEVER thinks the way you would think a person would think. (While he's fighting with everything he's thinking "wow, this girl is tough, so glad she turned out this way.") I loved Maggie-Now's description of her perspective of how innate religion is to her. And the outside perspective of the priests (how the community doesn't see themselves as poor, so why should we make them feel that way) was touching and beautiful.Need to go back and read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.(This edition was so sloppily edited that it was distracting though.)

  • Rachelle
    2019-05-09 01:19

    This book has a certain charm to it, but it left me wanting more for Maggie. I felt sorry for her through out most of the book. It is a reminder that some people just don't get what they wished so much for in life, though, like love and a family in this case. I wished she had stood up to her husband and father and told them what she wanted instead of just acquiescing to their every wish. Besides that, Maggie is a very likable character, and I liked Denny as well. Denny seemed to be the only one who really had Maggie's heart in mind throughout the whole book. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn remains my favorite Betty Smith book, this one would be second, and then Joy in the Morning. On a side note: the editing in this particular edition was awful. I was no English major, and I'm not a grammar-nazi either, but even I noticed all the errors in this. If this is something that bothers you, you might want to choose another edition and hope that one is better edited.

  • Ariel
    2019-05-16 17:27

    I have to say that I might have set myself up for not liking this book from the start. I chose to read it right after reading A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and, as superstitious as it might sound, there's not really anywhere to go but down when you like a book as much as I liked A Tree. The writing itself is okay but it didn't seem to connect me with the experience of the book or the lives of the characters in any noticeable way. It also felt like Smith was trying her hardest to make sure all the characters were as contrary as possible. Which can breed a good plot. But eventually something has to cave in order to grab on to my attention and it just didn't happen for me in Maggie-Now. I do think I'll reread it at some point in the future. Just to be able to experience it on its own instead of colored by my experience of A Tree.

  • Carolann
    2019-04-28 20:18

    Betty Smith is best known as the author of coming-of-age-tale ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ – which happens to also be one of my most favorite books. For me, it is most important for a book not to have an exciting plot, or an exhilarating climax, but instead to have memorable and well-developed characters – and Betty Smith excels in creating characters. Reading a Betty Smith tale is like sitting down to a girls night discussion and chatting with your closest friends. If you have never read a novel by Betty Smith, you are missing out – and ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ would be a great place to start. Then move on to ‘Joy in the Morning’ – a real gem – and finally end your Smith-capades with this tale, namely ‘Maggie-Now’. READ MORE

  • Maggie
    2019-05-21 00:40

    So disappointed in this book. The title implies it is Maggie's story, but the writing makes it more of Pat's story. The introductory chapters about Pat are excusable as background, but the book ends with the death of Maggie's husband and Pat's reaction as he carries out Claude's final wishes. Perhaps that sums it up, though: Maggie's life is not really about her, it's about the men in her life who depend upon her and use her. Maggie's relationship with her husband is not really believable, even in the context of Maggie's religious beliefs and culture. Maggie is not a likeable character, but's what's worse is that she isn't even enough of a character to dislike. Pat and Denny are interesting even when they aren't very likeable. Maggie is just a doormat.

  • Donna
    2019-05-02 21:38

    One of my book sales finds. I did enjoy the story, Smith had me seeing and feeling that time in old Ireland and New York. As for the adult Maggie and her father Pat…my current day mind did want to shake both of them! I can’t believe a woman could be so …I don’t know…DUMB! Not asking questions and being thrilled that her mysterious man returns? Ugh! And she puts up with that nasty father? I wish Smith would have written in another fight where he would have gotten roughed up. But at least she had the father do the right thing in the end.I’ll be searching out more of Betty Smith’s books.

  • Ainsley
    2019-05-06 18:12

    I have read this book many, many times since I obtained my first copy more than 30 years ago. I recently replaced my tattered original copy with this new edition. Unfortunately, this text is so riddled with typos, particularly in the first third of the book, that my enjoyment of the story was slightly diminished. I've never felt moved to contact a publisher about the quality of a book, but the mistakes in this one are driving me to do so. Last year I bought a new edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which I have not yet read, and I'm suddenly apprehensive about what I'll find when it open it.