Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

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S4 Ep 8

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Scott & Ildi Rich

Author: John Steinbeck

Year of Publication: 1952

Plot: East of Eden tells the tale of the Trask and Hamilton families, who live in the scenic Salinas Valley at the end of World War I. Scott and Ildi Rich, join host, Frank Lavallo, to discuss the riveting juxtaposition of the poor immigrants and wealthy land owners.

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