The Great Depression produced some of the greatest novelists in United States history: John Steinbeck, John Dos Passos, Zora Neale Hurston, Nathanael West. In 2011, as the U.S. recovers from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, our next guest wonders why the Great Recession hasn't yet generated a book like "The Grapes of Wrath." Michael Goldfarb is a freelance reporter. His article, "Where Are Today's Steinbecks?" appeared on the BBC. We've also been asking listeners: what is the title of your great recession novel?
Susanna King from Aiken, S.C., gave this response: "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.