Just as a good book should, Steinbeck's East of Eden keeps you on the edge of your seat while you breathlessly wait to find out what will happen to the characters. Following the story of a young boy who has trouble relating to his father, the narration begins in 19th century America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Adam Trask, the son of a decorated war hero, grows up with opposite interests from his father. Unfortunately, his brother is exactly what Adam's father wishes Adam could be: merciless, competitive, and violent. The plot begins to parallel the story of Cain and Abel, only suddenly changes with the introduction of a sly--and dangerously beautiful--character.
The story follows Adam as he grows up and moves to Salinas, California with twin boys of his own...who seem destined to follow the same dangerous path Adam followed with his brother.
Rich characters, vivid imagery, and a fantastically riveting plot make this story an excellent read.