Aunt Sissy’s third husband, whom she calls “John,” as she did with all of her other husbands and lovers. The family, in turn, calls him “The John,” “Uncle John,” or “Sissy’s John.” With Steve, she raises a daughter, Sarah, and settles into domestic life. Steve works at a publishing house that prints pulp magazines, which Francie likes to read. After confirming that Sissy is divorced from her second husband, Steve remarries Sissy in a Methodist church. It is heavily implied in Chapter 47 that Steve is the father of Sarah, or “Little Sissy.” He and Sissy also have a biological son together, Stephen Aaron. During the First World War, Steve works as the foreman at a munitions factory on Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn.
Steve Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The timeline below shows where the character Steve appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...she’ll return on the first of the month with some pulp magazines from her husband Steve’s publishing house. Francie reads the detective stories, love stories, wild west stories, and supernatural stories... (full context)