K is for Steinbeck

K is for Steinbeck. Yes, it is. It has to be, because I need an excuse to blab about The Grapes of Wrath.

For this year's A to Z I'm featuring books I've read based on the Reading Challenge.

Today's book is based on a true story.

The Grapes of Wrath is set in the 1930s and relates in a very personal and individual way the migration of farmers from states such as Oklahoma to California, seeking work and basic sustenance for their families.

I learned afterwards that Steinbeck based a lot of his notes for the book on research conducted by Sanora Babb, so now her novel Whose Names Are Unknown is on my wishlist. I've read other Steinbeck before, but hadn't read his books on the migrations. In Dubious Battle is up next.

I couldn't find the time to enter into a detailed discussion of the book on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community, so I tweeted some of my initial reactions. Here are a few of the conversations:

Let me see if I can Storify the rest of my tweets (first time I've done this!).

It worked!

(Not sure what those related stories are. I didn't have time to tidy up this storification...)

What novels based on true stories have you enjoyed?

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