''Cannery Row'' is a 1945 novel by Creator/JohnSteinbeck.

The central premise is simple enough: in Monterey, California's Cannery Row neighborhood during TheGreatDepression, a group of men decide to throw a party for their friend Doc, a marine biologist who has a laboratory in the neighborhood. Interspersed within the story are little vignettes about the inhabitants of Cannery Row and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Nine years later, Steinbeck wrote a sequel, ''Sweet Thursday'', which returned to a post-WWII Cannery Row. It featured most of the same characters, added a few new ones, and had Doc find romance in the form of a young woman named Suzy.

RodgersAndHammerstein produced a musical ''Pipe Dream'' based on both books (in fact, Steinbeck wrote ''Sweet Thursday'' while working on the stage treatment) in 1955. It was not a success.

A [[FilmOfTheBook movie version]] of ''Cannery Row'' was released in 1982, starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger, and it borrowed elements from both novels.
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!!''Cannery Row'' features examples of:
* AsianStoreOwner: Lee Chong, who operates the local grocery, and who stocks pretty much everything and anything in his store.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Monterey's Ocean View neighborhood, on which the fictional Cannery Row is based (see below), later renamed itself Cannery Row after the book. Though it bears little resemblance to the one in the book these days, essentially being a tourist trap consisting of souvenir stores and expensive restaurants.
* GetRichQuickScheme: Mack and the boys think of ways to finance Doc's party. The one they settle on does work [[ItMakesSenseInContext till the frogs escape]].
* HaveAGayOldTime: One of the guys at the Palace Flophouse is named Gay.
* MissKitty: Dora Flood, the madam who runs the Bear Flag Restaurant. Her sister Fauna takes over the Bear Flag in ''Sweet Thursday''.
* SceneryPorn: And how! Steinbeck's descriptions of the Row, the forests, and the tide pools are the literary epitome of this trope. You can almost smell the fishy odor of the canneries.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The dead girl that Doc finds in the tide pool]] is never mentioned again. Presumably, the man that Doc met on the beach reported [[spoiler:the body]] to the police, but we never find out who she was or how she got out there.
** And don't forget the Mysterious Chinaman.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: The Cannery Row of the book is a thinly-veiled version of Monterey's Ocean View neighborhood. Doc is essentially an {{Expy}} of Steinbeck's friend Ed Ricketts, and Western Biological is a stand-in for Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories.
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