I just finished reading John Steinbeck's East of Eden and I have to say that I have not read a book that was better. It was as powerful as Gospel and wise as a life-changing experience. And heavy as a dictionary--which is a good thing if you like a book because then it takes so much longer to end. I'm pretty much at a loss for words to describe how good it was. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't already. And after all it was "The book that brought Oprah's Book Club back."
Steinbeck, in his younger days:
Props to Kevin Haynes for a great recommendation.