A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Betty Smith

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One of Johnny Nolan’s brothers, along with Andy and Georgie, and the son of Ruthie and Mickey Nolan. He dies after being pierced in the stomach by a spike on a makeshift fence while walking home drunk. A priest had never absolved Frankie of his sins, so Ruthie goes to mass “once a month for the repose of his soul which she knew wandered about purgatory.”
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Frankie Nolan Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Frankie Nolan appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
Gender, Sexuality, and Vulnerability Theme Icon
Georgie and Frankie like Katie, but they resent Johnny for leaving them to look after their mother. As... (full context)
Romanticism vs. Pragmatism Theme Icon
About a year after Johnny got married, Frankie, “whom many thought even handsomer than Andy,” stumbles home drunk and falls on a makeshift... (full context)