I have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. I can see why it has been called timeless. Francie, the main character grows up in poverty with her hardworking mother, alcoholic father, and favored younger brother Neeley in Brooklyn, NY (no surprise given the title). This is a “coming of age” story meaning that it follows her from her childhood through adolescence until she leaves for school. Although nothing “dramatic” happens it is very gripping and is quite the page-turner. You can see the day to day struggle her family has with poverty, along with the social norms of the time and religious beliefs. It is also an interesting insight to political “views” and tactics which is probably why there is so much regulation today! I enjoyed this book, and wished there was more. I will definitely read more books by Betty Smith.