East of Eden by John Steinbeck
This book is one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. It's one of those epic novels that when you finish it you're so overwhelmed by all the detail, emotion and conflict of the book that you can't put words to how you feel about it.
It's one of those books that takes several readings just to wrap your arms around the story.
East of Eden is the ultimate story, according to Steinbeck. Good vs. evil. Based on the Genesis story of Cain and Abel, the story starts out with Charles and Adam. And eventually moves to Adam's sons Cal and Aron.
But good vs. evil is not the only theme. Nature vs. nuture. Redemption. Father-son relationships. The freedom to choose good or evil.
It's a long book, but because Steinbeck is a such a stellar, truly amazing author and his writing is so rich and vivid, it does not feel like it's that long.
This is THE great American novel. And I cannot say enough good things about it. So read it!
Next month: Mary, Mrs. A Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman