Please join moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion of Erskine Caldwell’s , Tobacco Road. Parnassus Book Club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion.
Set during the depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are pre-occupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will some-day descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.