I can’t help waiting for the worst while reading Thomas Hardy and John Steinbeck. It feels the reader with anxiety in a way. Economic and social backdrops are always fraught with risks. Besides, the vulnerable characters are doomed from the start to tragic fates and there is no way out.
Read J. Steinbeck’s novels such as Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.