To A God Unknown Author:John Steinbeck "The land doesn't stretch, and I have a hunger for land," Joseph Wayne tells his father. The fixed boundary of a New England farm cramps Joseph's passionate nature, so he makes his way to California, carrying his father's blessing, and the promise that the old man will follow him in spirit. In the fertile valley of Nuestra Senora he builds his... more » house under a venerable oak tree and throws all his boundless energy into making his homestead fruitful.
When his father dies in New England, Joseph feels the presence of his father's spirit about him and takes strength from it. The 3 other Wayne brothers and their families come to join him, and Joseph himself takes to wife the proud and lovely schoolteacher from Monteray.
This is the story of the tribe of Wayne, in times of plenty and in times of trouble-but chiefly it is the story of Joseph Wayne, who loves the earth as other men love women.
It is a powerful and compelling novel by the man who wrote Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath.« less