Our selection for November takes us back into the world of fiction, but through a remarkable tale of human greed, desire, attachment, and conflict played out in family and love relationships. It is also a Biblical metaphor and a more modern day story of essential themes of the book of Genesis.
This is John Steinbeck's East of Eden. One of his later works, this book is often listed second to Grapes of Wrath, but Steinbeck talked about it as "the only book I wrote" calling all the rest a kind of practice for the writing of East of Eden.
Your group leader will now add a personal note. This is the only book I have read that changed my life. I read it first in my college years while uncertain about career choices. Upon reading it, I came away stunned that someone could know the hearts and minds of others so deeply and write about human emotion and desire, especially the dark parts, so beautifully. From that point on there was no question that i would follow some field of study in psychology, thus came my 35 years as a psychiatrist.
I'm reading it now for the third time, the first time in about 20 years, and I'm doing so with some fear. How will I experience it now? Come to the club and share the experience.
We meet the second Sunday of the month at 3PM for a half hour of meet and greet followed by an hour or so of discussion. We are not a therapy or support group but the participant should find a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to discuss this remarkable genre of psychological memoir, and sometimes fiction of a similar nature.