"When the book club ended a year ago, I said I would bring it
back when I found the book that was moving
and this is a great one.
I read it for myself for the first time and then I had some friends
read it. And we think it might be the best novel we''ve ever read!"
In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called
East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has
the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich
farmland of California''s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often
brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two familiesthe
Trasks and the Hamiltonswhose generations helplessly reenact the
fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and
The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of
Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most
mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the
mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous
consequences of love''s absence.