The Lilies of the Field Author:William E. Barrett Homer Smith, a black ex-GI, was a carefree and happy man on the open road--until he met a group of refugee nuns with an unworkable dream--to build a chapel in the midst of the desert.
This story is the basis of the movie starring Sidney Poitier.
This short novella (barely over 100 pages) evidently caused quite a stir in the literary field. It was subsequently made into a movie (starring Sidney Poitier) and staged by F. Andrew Leslie. An Army veteran decides to roam the Southwest, doing a bit of work as he wanders. Enroute to nowhere is particular, he teams up with a group of German nuns to build a chapel in the wilderness. A poignant character study, this will keep you entertained while traveling or sitting in a waiting room.