ONE OF STEINBECK'S SWEETEST STORIES Jul 5, 2007
Set in Monterey's Cannery Row, Steinbeck tells the story of a beleaguered writer trying to write a book but who is beset by personal doubt and frustration.
The locals, including the madam of the Palace, contrive to keep him assured.
Into the picture comes a young woman, apparently adrift and homeless, whose abilities belie her assumed status as a prostitute, and the madam understands this but gives her refuge in her establishment.
How this girl rescues the writer and gives him life, finally, makes it one of the sweetest and most poignant tales I have read.
Full of humor as well as pathos, it is a must read for any who like Steinbeck.