“A novelist who is also a true poet.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
I read this a short while ago for Banned Books week. It’s a deeply sad, though beautifully written novel which has stayed with me long after I finished it.
Briefly, the story follows the Joad family who have been forced to leave their small farm in Oklahoma at the time of the Great Depression because of the poor crop yields brought about by the Dustbowl – which leads to them defaulting on their bank loans and subsequent foreclosure.
They join thousands of other families travelling to California in the hopes of finding work – at least partly because they have been encouraged to do so on the promise of well-paid and plentiful work.