I read this book some while on my lunch breaks. It's the perfect diet companion for sure. The people have horrible times and barely make it day to day. It's during the depression while people are just trying to find a place to settle for a couple of days and work. The system is set up so that they can't get an honest pay for a days work. Times were horrific, but also the good in many people came to surface. People had to band together to help each other. No matter what, it seems no reprieve is in site for them, but it doesn't kill all of the humanity. Very touching, sad and though-provoking.