Sweet Thursday

Finalist, National Book Awards 1955 for Fiction

1955_Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck book cover
ISBN 9780670686865
Photo of John Steinbeck credit Philippe Halsman
John Steinbeck

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In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row–the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears–from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott.