Pastures of Heaven


David Ligare painting of Las Pasturas del CieloJohn Steinbeck's first short story collection, The Pastures of Heaven, is a cycle of loosely connected short stories typifying Steinbeck's early writing style. Each story in the text is linked to the others by setting and the appearance of the Munroes, a family that comes to live on the abandoned and seemingly cursed Battle farm in the Pastures. The text offers an in depth exploration of individual and family problems against a backdrop of farming in rural central California.