Contemporary Steinbecks: Where is Your "Grapes of Wrath"?

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 04:21 PM

If you were to write a classic novel about the financial crisis and how it affects regular Americans, what would it be called? 

A recent article from our partners at the BBC looked at literature from the Great Depression, and asked why there aren't more pieces of work — like Steinbeck's "The Gapes of Wrath" — being produced about the current economic downturn.

There are certainly compelling story lines in the news, from Bernie Madoff's fall to the heart-wrenching stories of families being forced out of their homes despite good financial standing. So we've been asking listeners to send us their title for a contemporary novel dealing with the great recession and its impact.

We've received a long list of titles already. Here's a list of some of them; feel free to add your own.

"The House Always Wins" —John Manrique, from Fla. 

"The Lattes Of Displeasure." To be written by a displaced yuppie. —Paul Sussman, from N.J. 

"The Great Vilification of the Middle Class By the Middle Class," paid for by the upper class. It is amazing how the upper class has convinced the middle class to cannibalize themselves. —Timothy James, from Lakewood, Colo. 

"The Race to Avarice" —Addy While, from Fla. 

"After the Bubble Burst: Living in the splat!!!" —listener from S.C.

"Epic Fail: the Robbery of America by Wall St." —listener from Mich. 

"America Out of Gas" —Jay Fabrizio from Rhode Island. 

"In the Midst of recovery: U.S. Recession and Economic Downturn" —listener from Colo. 

"The Grapes of Math: How a Speculative Housing Bubble Helped Contribute to A Rapid World Wide Economic Slow Down" —listener from Okla.

"We Saw it Coming: The World Right Before the Next Global Depression" —John Paul from Mich. 

 

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Susanna King from Aiken, SC

"8 Months and Counting" - The story of an unemployed 40-something couple looking for work, unable to move because they're upside-down on their mortgage.

May. 16 2011 09:22 PM

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