The narrator is actually John Hamilton, the grandson of Samuel Hamilton and the son of Olive Hamilton.
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Actually, the narrator is John Steinbeck. Olive Hamilton is married to a Steinbeck and the novel often mentions the "Steinbeck House" and her husband and children. It's supposed to be an ironic little pun he puts in there.
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Come on people, John Steinbeck is the narrator and Olive Hamilton is his mother. Samuel is his grandfather.
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