Frannie Nolan is an Irish girl being raised by two working class parents in Brooklyn, New York. She learns as much from the streets of her neighborhood as she does from the books she borrows. The cast of characters is colorful, diverse and always interesting. This has been my all time favorite book since I was 11 years old and I recommend it to everyone who asks. It's one of the best coming of age stories and is a perfect blend of the harsh realities and quirks of life.
Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father's romantic and her mother's practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century.