page 50 of 207 of The Pastures of Heaven

There is an interesting thread running through each of these stories (other than the shared location) and this is of tortured creativity. The father who keeps a fake ledger, the simple boy who can draw anything, and the deranged girl who makes up stories: they are all disappointed by their art.

I LOVE Steinbeck. He might very well be my favorite author. His style is so vivid, so simple … he’s perfection.