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Better Than Steinbeck?
, January 9, 2006
This review is from: Whose Names Are Unknown: A Novel (Hardcover)
This book was written and ready for dispersment to book stores when Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" came outin l939. Ms. Babb's publisher decided two books of the same type would not be a good idea. So this book was shelved for over 65 years. This book was inspired by the author's own work in migrant camps (Ms Babb just passed away at age 98) and based partly on her mother's account of Kansas dust storms. This book was judged "exceptionally fine" by Random House co-founder Bennet Cerf. Many reviewers called it a "long-forgotten masterpiece" and "an American classic both literary and classic". Many reviewers said it rivaled Stinbeck's novel. Ms Babb, herself, said this of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath"--"His book is not as realistic as mine." So, give this one a try.
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