Brooklyn characters

As you’re reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, are there any characters you particularly identify with? If this is the second or third time you’re reading the book, is your answer different that it would have been after reading it the first time? Why?

From the publisher’s questions:

Some critics have argued that many of the characters in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn can be dismissed as stereotypes, exhibiting quaint characteristics or representing pat qualities of either nobility or degeneracy. Is this a fair criticism? Which characters are the most convincing? The least?

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