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Elevation

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'Stephen King's slim new novel tackles weighty matters' - New York Post

Castle Rock is a small town, where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are.

Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife Missy Donaldson don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. And now Scott seems trapped in a feud with the couple over their dogs dropping their business on his lawn. Missy may be friendly, but Deidre is cold as ice.

As the town prepares for its annual Thanksgiving 12k run, Scott starts to understand the prejudices his neighbours face and he tries to help. Unlikely alliances form and the mystery of Scott's affliction brings out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From master storyteller Stephen King, our 'most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work' (Guardian), comes this timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. Compelling and eerie, Elevation is as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

Includes illustrations (c) Mark Edward Geyer.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 164 x 222 x 20mm | 318g
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473691524
  • 9781473691520
  • 112

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King's late flowering continues with an understated novella about a man beset by a mysterious affliction Guardian
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King works his customary storytelling magic, unspooling the plot threads almost as quickly as readers can turn the pages * Daily Mail on End of Watch * A resonant novella set in one of King's signature locales: the small town of Castle Rock, Maine * Washington Post on Gwendy's Button Box * One of King great strengths as a writer is his mastery of the milieu of small-town USA, his uncanny ability to ventriloquise its inhabitants and keep his myriad pieces in play * Guardian * Praise for Stephen King * - * King's new novel is trick and treat, a poignant parable of prejudice overcome and resentment healed * Washington Post * There's a strong lyrical bent to his writing in a story that's "Twilight Zone" in tightly told scope and "It's a Wonderful Life" in emotional heft . . . the sign of a master simply elevating his own legendary game yet again * USA Today * Stephen King's slim new novel tackles weighty matters...delightful...an unforgettable and deeply moving conclusion * New York Post * King's late flowering continues with an understated novella about a man beset by a mysterious affliction * Guardian *
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About Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, and shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award).

Many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films, television series and streamed events including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and It.

King is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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6,530 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (2,439)
3 23% (1,495)
2 6% (421)
1 3% (213)
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