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Joy in the Morning

A Novel

Betty Smith


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/4/2020)
Compact Disc (5/5/2020)
MP3 CD (5/5/2020)
Paperback (7/1/2000)
Library Binding (11/1/1997)


From Betty Smith, author of the beloved American classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, comes an unsentimental yet radiant and powerfully uplifting tale of young love and marriage.

In 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Brown and Annie McGairy meet and fall in love. Though only eighteen, Annie travels alone halfway across the country to the Midwestern university where Carl is studying law—and there they marry. 

But Carl and Annie’s first year together is much more difficult than they anticipated as they find themselves in a faraway place with little money and few friends. With hardship and poverty weighing heavily upon them, they come to realize that their greatest sources of strength, loyalty, and love, will help them make it through. 

A moving and unforgettable story, Joy in the Morning is “a glad affirmation that love can accomplish the impossible.” (Chicago Tribune)

Praise For Joy in the Morning: A Novel

"A more dauntless heroine than Annie--or a more appealing one--has not turned up in a current novel in years."
New York Times

"A marvel...a human-hearted song of joy."
Best Sellers

"A glad affirmation that love can accomplish the impossible."
Chicago Tribune

"Betty Smith was a born storyteller."
USA Today

"An artful and engaging novel . . . .Certain to touch many hearts."
New York Times

Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 9780061774331, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

About the Author

Betty Smith (1896–1972) was a native of Brooklyn, New York. Her novels A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Tomorrow Will Be Better, Joy in the Morning, and Maggie-Now continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers worldwide.