The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
In BriefThe collapse of agriculture resulting from the Dust Bowl in 1930s Oklahoma forces the Joad family to take to the road in search of better prospects elsewhere. They join a mass of desperate migrants journeying across deserts and mountains to California. But what awaits the "Okies" there is no promised land.
Why you should read itThe archetypal novel of the Great Depression is not a comfortable read, but its role in highlighting the plight of many thousands of starving, ruined families cannot be exaggerated. The book has been denounced, banned, burned, taught in schools and recognized by the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize committees. A piece of history that remains fully relevant today.