Set during the Great Depression, the novel explores the lives of a community of people living in a sardine canning district on the coast of California. The narrative revolves around a group of unemployed yet resourceful men who are trying to throw a party for their friend, a marine biologist. The book is a series of vignettes, giving a detailed and humorous insight into the lives of the people in this district, their struggles, their joys, and their simple pleasures.
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- 50th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
- 59th on Big Read (Bulgarian) (Bulgaria)
- 807th on Our Users' Favorite Books of All Time (The Greatest Books Users)
- 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)