The story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons, two families drawn by the current that brought settlers to the rich farmlands of California. As he traces the families through three generations, Steinbeck retells the Biblical story of Adam and of Cain and Abel, and his characters are forced to re-enact the ancient drama of exile to the east of an always elusive Eden.
Two teenage girls, Marie Collinwood(16) and Phyllis Stone(17), are walking home from an American football game, in which they have put their cheerleading skills to good use, as Phyllis has had a row with her boyfriend and he has driven off, depriving her and her best friend of a ride home. They try to hitch a lift. A camper van slows down and they get in. Instead of a smooth journey, Phyllis and Marie experience violence, sadism, and drug abuse. Eventually, the three occupants of the van murder Phyllis and leave Marie for dead. She staggers home and tells her ...
The rise and fall of a media-made messiah is the subject of Palahniuk's impressive second novel (after the well-received Fight Club), a wryly mannered commentary on the excesses of pop culture that tracks the 15 minutes of fame of the lone living member of a suicide cult. Tender Branson, aged 33, has commandeered a Boeing 747, emptied of passengers, in order to tell his story to the "black box" while flying randomly until the plane runs out of gas and crashes.
The final part of the trilogy, in which Nicky Gore, the US agent and Jonathan make their way to France. On their way there, they rescue Geoffrey, who has an unusual gift - control of the weather, and his younger sister Sally, who have been condemned as witches. There, they meet up with a British government official and a General, who encourage them to go back and try to bring 'the changes' to an end, but the question is, will they?
The second instalment of the trilogy, in which an American spy and Nicky Gore are accused of being witches by the evil Davy Gordon. They are aided in their escape by a young man named Jonathan and his sister Margaret, but Davy is not keen to give up the chase until Nicky and the US Government Agent are re-captured and executed.
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