In her writing, Gillian Andrews addresses the woman’s journey – the different phases of a woman’s life where she uncovers her inner strength. Gillian is motivated to help women realize their potential, not only through her fiction writing, but on her blog mywordsmyway.com, and in Sage Woman magazine, where she wrote about her own coming of age story. While writing her novel River of the Stick Wavers Gillian travelled to the French River, where her novel is set, and fell in love with the landscape and its unique history. She is currently working on her next novel which details the struggles of a young woman who searches for a place for herself in the art world of 1911.
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.
From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences—a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.