Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
California, 1930s, Friendship, Male Bonding, Accidents, Hope
A terse and powerful novel about the friendship between two laboring men in the late 1930s California and the struggles they go through. Its short length allows for a crisp and honest tale without smashing the reader over the head with how hard the time was for the poor. George is a small and sly man and Lennie, his friend, is slow but kind. George tries to take care of Lennie, but when circumstances get the better of both of them, George is forced to decide how to deal with it.