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Cannery Row

Cannery Row
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

John Steinbeck’s paean to the Monterey County of his youth, Cannery Row contains an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in Penguin Modern Classics. In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits – gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists...

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All the Breaking Waves

All the Breaking Waves
  • Author(s): Kerry Lonsdale
  • Location(s): Pacific Grove
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good. After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled...

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Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

In Monterey, on the California Coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday – one of those days that’s just bad from the start. But Sweet Thursday is sunny and clear, a day when anything...

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The Pastures of Heaven

The Pastures of Heaven
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): 1930s

Each of these delightful interconnected tales is devoted to a family living in a fertile valley on the outskirts of Monterey, California, and the effects that one particular family has on them all. Steinbeck tackles two important literary traditions...

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Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California and peopled it with a colourful band of knights. At the center of the tale is...

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