To a God Unknown

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Again set in California, the story follows the son of a prosperous farmer. He comes to believe that a tree embodies his father’s spirit, and he shares his prosperity with his brothers and the rest of his family.

Somehow a brother kills the tree and brings disease and famine to the farm

What makes this book stand out?

The description of a family's fight with the inevitable forces of nature.

Read it for

The sheer belief and willpower of a family and the small things on which it hinges. The work is incredibly stark of a rationale and delves into superstition and faith.

Don't read it for

Set in California again, this is not a book you read if you want a change of scenery from the usual books of Steinbeck.

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