In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters' reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community.
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by John Steinbeck
"Steinbeck portrays his beloved Salinas Valley, California, in this sweeping montage of short stories. First published in 1932, they're woven together by narrator Sean Runnette in passionate detail. Steinbeck's characterizations are as rich as the fertile valley soil, and Runnette gracefully recounts the many experiences of each generation. The valley offers great opportunity for growing nearly any type of crop or flower, but there are also challenges presented by Mother Nature as well as human strife. As caretaker of these Steinbeck vignettes, classic takes on human struggle, Runnette keeps his voice steady--whether expressing celebration or sorrow. Steinbeck fans will be rewarded by Runnette's care. S.C. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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