Finished it!

Sweet Thursday (Penguin Modern Classics) - John Steinbeck

And it was an absolute joy to read. Funny, compassionate, and wise with characters you love, who drive you mad, and who you want to get their happy ending. 

 

And the bit right at the end where Doc is given the "biggest damn microscope in the catalogue", except it's actually a telescope had me laughing out loud.

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