The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
I finally read it.
The worst thing about reading a book is the wanting to know more.
Today we have the Internet: What happened to Okies after “The Grapes of Wrath”
In the end the Okie spirit and determination triumphed for the migrants who had arrived in California with nothing. According to Charlotte Allen, Okies ultimately found a better standard of living. “Many of them quickly moved out of farm work into better-paying jobs in the oil industry and, when World War II broke out, in the burgeoning Southern California defense plants. By 1950, most Okies had secured comfortable working-class and lower-middle-class lifestyles, and some had downright prospered.”
And now I can sleep.