Dress: Lana — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dankso) — Bracelet: Gift — Earrings: Target
Yay, it’s time for Literary Stylings again! My outfit and book choices are both from way back in early May; namely, the dress came from a little shop in Vienna, and during the tail-end of that trip I was reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for the very first time.
Here’s the bit from which I took my outfit inspiration. It’s from the last few pages, when Francie has grown up some:
Francie brushed out her long hair, braided it and wound the braids around her head. She put on fresh stockings and white high-heeled pumps. Before she slipped a fresh pink linen dress over her head, she sprinkled violet sachet powder on a square of cotton and tucked it inside her brassiere.
The whole passage is really wonderful, but I’m going to resist copying it all down here because it doesn’t have the same impact if you haven’t read the rest of the book.
Anyway, my general thoughts on the book: Francie! FRANCIE!!!
Oh my goodness, Francie is great. I want Cassandra from I Capture the Castle to take young Francie under her wing so that they can be friends for life. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a really lovely, beautifully-observed book about the life of a below-the-poverty-line family in turn of the century New York, and I’m pretty astonished that I haven’t read it until now; Francie would have meant a lot to me as a kid. Following her voice as she grows and becomes a more complicated person was a joy, and–to me, at least–all the characters were well-rounded enough that the book didn’t suffer from themes like Poor People Lead More Noble Lives, as these books sometimes do.
I’m glad I got to know Francie and her family, and I can tell this is a book I’m going to revisit a lot over the years. Thanks, Francie.