Set in New Baytown in 1960, this is a story of Ethan Allen Hawley and the relationships he has with family, friends, and antagonists. Ethan, a grocery clerk, working at a store that his once prominent New England family formerly owned, rides the highs and lows that life offers, all with a dry wit and a "silly" sense of humor that belies his innermost feelings. Written to expose the moral abyss that was slowly evolving in the 1960s, this is Steinbeck's last novel, where he makes every effort to highlight the moral dilemmas that Americans often faced as they moved into and through this turbulent and tumultuous decade. An excellent read that kept my attention throughout.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3537.T3234 W5 2008
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Kevin Ross, Associate Dean, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended