Bukowski's previous three novels, POST OFFICE, FACTOTUM and WOMEN, have unfolded the continuing saga of a modern anti-hero, Henry Chinaski. HAM ON RYE completes the saga.
This novel begins with Chinaski's childhood in the 1920s, continues through the Depression '30s, and concludes with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. For Henry Chinaski, growing up in Los Angeles is a harrowing experience.
HAM ON RYE recounts both the comical and tragic events of Henry's youth, and provides a nostalgic view of a more innocent time and of an inner-city Los Angeles that has long since vanished.