They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark
of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young
child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the
face of lonelinss and alienation.
Laborers in California''s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle
work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George
and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can
call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas
Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their
grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of
a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie''s
unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
"A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down
until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick."
-The New York Times