Business group to discuss classic novel

LONG BEACH - The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association has chosen Betty Smith's 1943 nove, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," to discuss at its next meeting Jan. 12.The novel, set in the first and second decades of the 20th century, relates the coming-of-age story of its main character, Francie Nolan, and her Austrian/Irish-American family in Brooklyn, New York. The book was an immense success and became a nationwide bestseller that was distributed to servicemen overseas. It was also adapted into a motion picture. The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association meets at the Expo furniture store at 4321 Atlantive Ave. in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 595-0081 or e-mail

********** Published: January 6, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 38