"Cannery Row" was the last selection for the Novella group last year. We ended the group in September just due to some shifting in the schedule and the weather was just perfect to sit outside and discuss this one. Interesting to find out during my research that this one was not well received by critics when it was released. Just a word of caution - the movie (with Nick Nolte) does not match the book! A while ago Esquire published a list of best party scenes in books and they did not include this one which I think is a huge oversight. They sure sound like they know how to have a good time on Cannery Row - even in the face of major challenges.