The mother of Johnny Nolan and his deceased brothers, Andy, Georgie, and Frankie. She is also the paternal grandmother of Francie and Neeley. A Catholic and an Irish immigrant, Ruthie migrated to the United States from Ireland with her husband, Mickey. They have four sons, born a year apart. She gets them all to the sixth-grade before pulling them out of school at twelve so that they can get jobs.
Ruthie Nolan Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The timeline below shows where the character Ruthie Nolan appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...generation.” After Andy Nolan dies, the boys swear that they will never leave their mother, Ruthie. Six months later, Johnny marries Katie. Johnny’s choice earns Katie her new mother-in-law’s hatred. Ruthie... (full context)