East of Eden
The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which his most mesmerizing characters and enduring themes were created and explored: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this expansive and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. East of Eden was a 1955 film introducing James Dean, the book that revived Oprah's Book Club, considered by Steinbeck to be his magnum opus, and has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.
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Publication Date: 16-May-2011
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited