The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck
Wang Lung is an extremely poor farmer in pre-revolutionary China. The book opens on his wedding day to a slave girl.
Wang Lung has a deep love for the land he works. But drought brings on famine and Wang Lung must take his family to the city to find work and food. But riots send them back home again.
This is a story about the ups and downs of one man. "The Good Earth" tells of Wang Lungs hard times and his good times and how he changes with each.