The Pearl by John Steinbeck is a great book and at 90 pages in paperback form, any reader can finish this title within a day or two. I read it few times as a student in school and it was a must that I included in my home collection. This selection is simple yet profound and attention grabbing as it follows a proud man named Kino and his family living a life far from wealth in a small town. However as a chance enounter with luck, Kino discovers a pearl unlike any other he or anyone has ever seen. He sees the pearl as a way out of the meager lifestyle he and his family has been enduring for years but the pearl will prove to be a great deal of trouble as well.
At any rate, I strongly recommend adding The Pearl to anyone's literary collection.